"Warning: Be Sure to Take Your Happy Pill" Theater & Music Tip by MBMorehouse

Theater & Music, Chicago: 21 reviews and 32 photos

Musical: "Next to Normal" -- this is one depressing evening -- made all the worse if Alice Ripley's understudy is playing Diana. I have a preference for drama over musicals and making this a musical was a huge mistake. The music alternates between acrid rock and the worst of sing-songy Taylor Swift. Pearl Sun was substituted for Alice Ripley on a SATURDAY NIGHT! She doesn't have the pipes to make this at all palatable. Creditable performances from Curt Hansen (Gabe), Emma Hunton (Natalie) and Preston Sadleir (Henry) couldn't pull this production out of the pits. It rightly damns medical professionals who are all too quick to prescribe pill cocktails and demonstrate immense callousness about patient quality of life -- but that's hardly "entertainment".
Never ceases to amaze me how midwestern audiences give a performance a standing ovation just because New Yorkers liked it. Save your money.

Address: Bank of America Theater
Directions: Loop

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  • Updated May 3, 2011
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