Award-winning musical about mental illness anything but ‘Normal’ – Gaston Gazette

“Next to Normal” is a musical about a topic most don’t often broach because of fear of stigmatization.

“Mental illness is so taboo,” said Emma Hunton, who plays Natalie in the national tour of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning show. “It’s something people feel like they can’t talk about.”

But a suburban family’s struggle with the mother’s incapacitating mental illness is the driving force behind the rock opera, which opens Tuesday, July 12, at Knight Theater in Charlotte.

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