What Musical Would You Like to See Receive a Sequel? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites

By Michael Gioia
18 Sep 2012

Next to Normal star Alice Ripley
Photo by Joan Marcus

Jen Beatty McGurn: Next to Normal with the original cast. I couldn't get enough of their story & would love to see where the writers would take the family.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal leaves audiences wanting more. As the curtain comes down, Diana has left her husband and daughter, Dan is now haunted by his dead son Gabe, and Natalie is still on the search for a normal life. So many questions are left: Does Diana continue to seek help? Should Dan see a therapist as well? Is Natalie still experimenting with drugs? Has her relationship with Henry survived? Facebook user Michael Kline suggested the title Shock Treatment, which was also used for a follow-up to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." If Tony winner Alice Ripley and the original Next to Normal company returned for a sequel, the production would be in good hands.  Continued...