Next to Normal wins the Pulitzer Prize

12 04 2010

I continue to be as inspired by ever by Next to Normal. In addition to recently recouping its investment (a remarkable achievement for an original show starring no pop culture celebrities), Next to Normal just won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  Awarded to “Next to Normal,” music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals. (Moved into contention by the Board within the Drama category.)

Check out the LA Times article for further details about this unexpected win, and my original review of Next to Normal.

A huge congratulations to the creative team, cast, and crew – particularly writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – on this remarkable achievement.  A special nod to my friends at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, who helped nurture this show in development.  Also, a huge thanks to the jurors, particularly Charles McNulty of the LA Times and my former professor John Clum, who is a major reason that I am studying and composing musical theater today.

Update: 5:10PM

Perhaps I should retract my thanks to LA’s Charles McNulty, who apparently wasn’t too happy with the choice: Critic’s Notebook: On this year’s Drama Award, the Pulitzer board blew it

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2 responses

12 04 2010
Mary Hannah

Yesss! This musical is positively amazing! It totally deserves such a huge honor!

13 04 2010
charlie

I can’t believe you crossed out Charles McNulty’s name. His attempts to make sure this outstanding musical was to not be chosen was vital to the performance world- obviously.

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