Next to Normal in Malmö


Quite a few people raised their eyebrows when Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical Next to Normal hit Broadway for the first time in 2009. A musical comedy about mental illness, could that really fly? Well, "The best new musical of the season – by a mile" Rolling Stone called it at its premiere and the New York Times described it as a "feel-everything musical".

When Next to Normal enters Malmö Opera on the 15th of March, it is after making a success on stages all over the world, winning the Pulitzer Prize and several Tony Awards.

The plot revolves around the Goodman family living a normal middle-class life. Well, almost normal, since mum Diana has been struggling with bipolar disorder for many years. The show oscillates between Woody Allen-style twisted family drama and a sensitive portrayal of an important subject that many of us can relate to. Laughter, tears, anxiety, sadness, happiness and co-dependency.

Next to Normal is performed in Swedish with surtitles in English and Swedish. On stage until the 1st of June 2024.

More on Malmö’s stages in March:

Viktoria Tolstoy a release concert at the Palladium on the 19th of March for the international jazz singer’s self-produced album “Stealing Moments”.

The Dire Straits Experience former Dire Straits member Chris White brings his “Shiver In The Dark” tour to Slagthuset’s stage on the 25th of March.

Common Ground a powerful choreographic chess game by Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk with two dancers from the Skånes Dansteater. On the 27th and 28th of March.

NEXT TO NORMAL - MALMÖ OPERA 2024 foto: Camilla Rehnstrand