Next To Normal is Critic’s Pick!

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What the critic’s are saying…

“…the production is well crafted by director Nick DeGruccio and incredibly well-sung and -acted by its six-member cast.”

“It’s raw, heartbreaking, funny and contemporary in the best sense.”

“… San Diego Musical Theatre’s staging is as good as you’ll see on Broadway…”

Pam Kragen – Union Tribune


“With Bets Malone and Robert J. Townsend in the leads this production pulses energy throughout.”

“San Diego Musical Theatre is on a roll and well on its way to becoming San Diego’s go to musical company…”

“Don LeMasters rich sounding six-member band comes together hand in glove with the outstanding voices on stage.

Carol Davis – San Diego Theatre Examiner


“San Diego Musical Theatre delivers an extraordinary Normal”

Charlene Baldridge


“The production is superb, from the cast, to the stunning lighting, to the terrific band…”

“The story, and the songs, are gut-wrenching. You take a painful journey with this clan, and still somehow feel better for it at the end.”

“Bravo, San Diego Musical Theatre! This is a risky show, and your gamble has paid off, big time.”

Pat Launer – Times of San Diego


“Mental illness might seem a strange topic for a musical… but this small-scale rock opera (only six people in the cast) is at heart a moving family story, wonderfully performed. It is not to be missed.”

Jean Lowerison – SDGLN


“Next to Normal is further proof that musicals can tell stories that are as impactful as a classic drama. Be sure to find time to watch SDMT’s interpretation before it closes on Oct. 12. “

David Dixon – The Daily Aztec


“San Diego Musical Theatre does a stellar job with the Pulitzer Prize-winner.”

Jeff Smith – SD Reader


“The brilliant San Diego version is alternatingly painful and illuminating.  With a fine cast of six players and a live orchestra…”

Barry Jagoda – At The Top Journel


“Next to Normal at San Diego Musical Theatre rocks”

“San Diego Musical Theatre lives up to it’s promise of being “the local way to see Broadway” with their current production of “Next To Normal” at the North park Theatre.”

E.H. Reiter – Broadway World


“Next to Normal is anything but talented cast embodies darkness of subject matter”

David Coddon – San Diego City Beat


What the audience is saying…


“A stunning production of a show that is an emotional and thrilling roller coaster ride. Beautifully rendered here by San Diego Musical Theatre. Don’t miss the opportunity to see it presented by such a seasoned and talented cast. Very much worth seeing more than once”.

“I laughed a lot and cried a lot. It was much more serious and touching than your typical musical. The singing and music were wonderful. Highly recommended if you like a lot of drama in your musicals”!

“Next to Normal is an absolutely amazing production. It is a fantastic musical, a compelling story and offers much insight into psychological issues/grief. The cast was brilliant and well… I just can’t say enough about the production. A memorable experience”!

“Production was great….subject matter on how one family members illness can affect the entire family enlightening. Seating, sound level parking, orchestra, and cast members Great”!

“Story thought provoking and creating a new understanding and empathy of those afflicted with bipolar disorder”.

“This is one of the finest pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot! I can see why it won a Pulitzer Prize. It’s amazing”

“A powerful, touching story. Great singing”.

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