Playhouse in the Park Shines a Light on Mental Health with Upcoming Rock Musical

Jun 22, 2018

     Murray's Playhouse in the Dark, a spinoff of Playhouse in the Park that features contemporary shows portraying a variety of thought-provoking, mature themes, will feature the rock musical, Next to Normal, for the next week. Actors Julie Revell and Nathan Arnold visit Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming show. 

      Next to Normal, written in 2008, is an American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story is centered around a mother, Diana, with worsening bipolar disorder, and the affect mental illness has on herself and her family. Next to Normal is part of Playhouse in the Park's "Playhouse after Dark" series, which features contemporary musicals with thought-provoking, adult themes. The show is recommended for mature audiences only, and involves themes of depression, suicide, drug abuse, and ethics within modern psychiatry. 
            Natalie, the daughter of Diana, is played by Julie Revell. The father, Dan, is played by Nathan Arnold. Revell and Arnold visited Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming shows ahead of their opening night this past Thursday, June 21st. For more information on Playhouse After Dark or the Next to Normal performances, visit the Murray Playhouse in the Park website or call 270-759-1752.