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I agree that there are bad lyrics in the show, but as the show is nearly sung through I don't see anything wrong with the ones you've listed - especially the second one as he's being colloquial. Same with the Heys.

The only one that really makes me cringe is the part of "Perfect for You" where Natalie ends with "you've got some nerve Henry..." etc. That's a rough spot.

The finale before the rewrites for Broadway used to be a huge lyric disaster, but I quite like it as it stands now.


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mastachen wrote:
I think Next to Normal is filled with bad lyrics.

"Gray and drizzly morn.."
"We saw the painted desert, the Grand Canyon, and Aunt Rhonda."

All the lyrics in the numerous Hey's.


What's wrong with "We saw the painted desert, the Grand Canyon, and Aunt Rhonda?" They're stating family memories to help Diana regain her memory.

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Maddie wrote:
I agree that there are bad lyrics in the show, but as the show is nearly sung through I don't see anything wrong with the ones you've listed - especially the second one as he's being colloquial. Same with the Heys.


Maybe in some English speaking countries, referring to the morning as "morn" may be colloquial, but the show is not set in such a country. Same with "and it's cheese", "been on the scene" (when it refers to clubbing).

Disneyprincess, I realized what they were doing with that line, thanks, but while there's nothing specifically wrong with the sentence grammatically, I don't believe that any person with at least an entry-level college grasp of grammar would write that, because Aunt Rhonda is the odd one out. You have two places and a person. It just doesn't flow. Aunt Rhonda is what the lyricist inserted after he couldn't think of anything else.


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Oh, ok. I understand what you mean.

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I understand what "I am the One" is about, I just wish there would be more lyrics than just "You don't know who I am" or "I know you know who I am"

the words "I" "who" and "am" are used so many times it should be illegal.

I'm seeing it again tonight! WOOT!

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mastachen wrote:
Disneyprincess, I realized what they were doing with that line, thanks, but while there's nothing specifically wrong with the sentence grammatically, I don't believe that any person with at least an entry-level college grasp of grammar would write that, because Aunt Rhonda is the odd one out. You have two places and a person. It just doesn't flow. Aunt Rhonda is what the lyricist inserted after he couldn't think of anything else.


I noticed that as well and giggled a bit, but I viewed it as an insertion of minor comic relief. That, and they've been through tons already. Do you really think Dan's going to properly construct sentences when he's in such a desperate emotional state?

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I just want to say that Alice Ripley gives a top notch performance every night in Next To Normal. It's going to be sad to see her go. But, I can't wait to see what her new project will be.

~Rachel at A Class Act NY


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She's not really leaving the show, she's just leaving the broadway company to go on the national tour!

They haven't announced the full tour cast yet but it's going to be Alice and then I think Emma Hunton as Natalie.


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lovesinging wrote:
mastachen wrote:
Disneyprincess, I realized what they were doing with that line, thanks, but while there's nothing specifically wrong with the sentence grammatically, I don't believe that any person with at least an entry-level college grasp of grammar would write that, because Aunt Rhonda is the odd one out. You have two places and a person. It just doesn't flow. Aunt Rhonda is what the lyricist inserted after he couldn't think of anything else.


I noticed that as well and giggled a bit, but I viewed it as an insertion of minor comic relief. That, and they've been through tons already. Do you really think Dan's going to properly construct sentences when he's in such a desperate emotional state?


Yes.


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I saw it last weekend at "Det Norske Teatret" in Oslo. I usually experience lyrics to be worse in translations, but the Norwegian lyrics were without doubt superior to the original English. I sat throughout the show thinking "please, stop, please, stop" which is rare. It wasn't because I think it is a bad show, because I think it is one of the best musicals of the 2000's, but so many aspects of the story are so awful, that I more often than not wanted it to stop.

A great experience, and I can't wait to perform "I'm Alive" in Norwegian!

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Nice :).


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Next to Normal hits Manila on March next year! Can't wait. =)


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