"Next to Normal" is the winner of three Tony awards in 2009, including best musical score, plus the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.  The musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, and all appear to be part of a typical American family. Yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.

"Next To Normal" takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy, and heart as they learn to accept and support each other while trying to live a life that, if it can’t be normal, can at least be next to normal. 

The Tony Award winning score features 30 original songs including "Just Another Day," "You Don't Know" and "Superboy and the Invisible Girl."

Sunday afternoons feature talkbacks with local mental health professionals who will explore bi-polar disorder and its effects on both the sufferer and their families.

MadKap Productions will present "Next to Normal", book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, Sept. 11 to 27, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and with a matinee on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m.  

Tickets are $38 general admission, $33 for seniors, $28 for students.  This show is part of a four show subscription series with tickets ranging from $65 to $97. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 847-677-7761.