PRIME CUTS: “Feeling Electric” from Next to Normal

First National Tour Cast of “Next to Normal”. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

In The Broadway Blog’s continuing series, they’re taking a look at songs cut from Broadway musicals to see what happens in the making of a show. Next up–Next to Normal.

Did you know that the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a family dealing with a mother’s bipolar disorder started as a 10 minute piece called Feeling Electric? I can actually vouch for the wiki info because I was there ,a decade before the show hit Broadway, in the BMI music theater workshop as a fellow student with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey when they presented their very arresting piece to “graduate” from the initial two-year program. Unlike the finished product, this original incarnation focused more on electro-shock therapy than the family’s dilemma, but its visceral, rock sound was already in place.

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