drama http://www.kplu.org en "Next to Normal" tackles tough subject of mental health with lighthearted song and dance http://www.kplu.org/post/next-normal-tackles-tough-subject-mental-health-lighthearted-song-and-dance <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder">Bipolar disorder</a> has been the inspiration for many artists and many works of art&hellip;from the movie <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> to Sylvia Plath&#39;s autobiographical novel, <em>The Bell Jar</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Now it&#39;s showing up in a musical, called &quot;<a href="http://www.5thavenue.org/show/nexttonormal1011/">Next to Normal</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Ten years ago, the production had its genesis at <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/8/0/1566721/Arts..and..Culture/Village.Theatre.New.Musical.Mecca.in.Issaquah">The Village Theater </a>in Issaquah.&nbsp; Now, after numerous revisions, it&#39;s back in the Seattle area at the <a href="http://www.5thavenue.org/show/nexttonormal1011/">5th Avenue Theatre</a>.&nbsp; For the latest in our series ARTSCAPE, KPLU&#39;s Bellamy Pailthorp caught up with Bryan Yorkey, the writer of the show, who together with the composer, Tom Kitt, was the surprise winner of last year&#39;s <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat">Pulitzer Prize</a> for drama.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-953381.mp3</p><p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 01:09:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 824 at http://www.kplu.org "Next to Normal" tackles tough subject of mental health with lighthearted song and dance