Hippodrome Theatre's proudly presents the Musical ''Next to Normal''

  • Share:
January 22, 2024


GAINESVILLE, January 18, 2024 – The Hippodrome Theatre is thrilled to present "Next to Normal," a groundbreaking musical by Brian Yorkey (Book and Lyrics) and Tom Kitt (Music). Running from January 26 to February 25, with previews on January 24-25, this Tony Award-winning show promises an emotional rollercoaster ride that delves into the complexities of a modern-day family grappling with mental illness.

Featuring an electrifying rock score and heart-wrenching lyrics, "Next to Normal" has been hailed as a musical masterpiece that explores the highs and lows of love, loss, and mental health. Audiences can expect a raw and unforgettable journey that will leave them on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

The Goodman family takes center stage as they navigate the challenges of mental health, offering a poignant and powerful narrative that critics have described as "astonishing," "gripping," and "powerful." Don't miss the opportunity to witness a musical that pushes Broadway in new directions and is hailed for its raw and honest portrayal of the human experience.

Critical Acclaim:

  • "A brave, breathtaking musical that pushes Broadway in new directions… raw and honest to the core" – The New York Times
  • "A work of muscular grace and power. It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical" – The Washington Post
  • "Next to Normal is a cathartic and affecting experience… a rare, brave musical that doesn’t just dare to be dark, but also shines a light on mental illness with honesty, compassion, and even humor" – Entertainment Weekly
  • "One of the most deeply human productions in recent memory, Next to Normal is a powerful reminder that theater still has the potential to tell stories that touch the heart and move the soul" – Chicago Tribune
  • "A stunning emotional achievement… electrifying, heart-rending, and ultimately uplifting" – Variety

The Hippodrome Theatre is excited to partner with the UF Health Psychiatric Hospital for this production.


Franziska Raeber, Marketing Director
fraeber@thehipp.org, (352) 373-5968 ext 254