In its posted mission statement, five-year-old Slow Burn Theatre Company commits to producing “high quality, daring, contemporary and intelligent works of musical theater.” So it was probably inevitable that this band of risk-takers would take on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, “Next to Normal.”
“All the principles that Slow Burn is built on are built into this show,” says co-artistic director Patrick Fitzwater about the musical concerning a suburban family coping with the mother’s severe bipolar disorder. He calls it a “feel everything” musical, meaning “you’re going to feel every emotion during this show, maybe even at the same time. I don’t think that a lot of musicals have the depth that this show has.”
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IF YOU GO
NEXT TO NORMAL
Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company, West Boca Community High School, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Tonight through Nov. 2.