Friday, December 2, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
for Dr. Gary Konas' Presentation
"The Bipolar Expedition: next to normal and Its Abnormal Path to the Pulitzer Prize."
Synopsis: next to normal, which opened on Broadway in 2009, began over a decade earlier as a 10-minute class exercise for composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey. The musical was expanded and revised during subsequent productions in Washington State, Off-Broadway, D.C., and finally Broadway. It won three Tony Awards and enjoyed a surprisingly long run, considering that it is about a bipolar housewife--not exactly standard musical fare. It followed yet another tortuous path to winning the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. My multimedia presentation will attempt to convey the strengths of the show to an audience that has yet to see it in person. All are welcome to attend!