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How a Musical saved my life

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by farfromnormal » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:51 am

So i have a story about my bipolar music choice....

It all starts when i was first hospitalized at when I was in college in Long Island. The hospital had T.V.s as i figure most do but down there they play Broadway commercials, now a side note Broadway Fanatic here, seen several shows, multiple times. So anyway there was a commercial that kept coming on and the show looked really interesting had some cool rock music very similar to Rent (one of my faves). Well when i saw the commercial i decided that was going to be a goal of mine "See this show after release". Well my birthday was about after my release and my parents asked what i wanted. My response all i want is a ticket to see the show. Now i love to know nothing or very very little walking into a show for the first time. So I went to the show all by myself in the 3rd or 4th row. The show starts and with in the first song you realize that the main character has Bipolar Disorder. Yep started sobbing... this show was Next to Normal, this show literally saved my life... i felt so isolated after my diagnosis and this show does such an AMAZING job and as I sat there sobbing my eyes out it was like I could finally relate to something or someone i had an anchor. I literally listened to the sound track on repeat for a month straight I don't think i listened to any other music and it is my go to whenever i am having my episodes. I met the cast outside and when the lead actress came out my water works turned back on and she said some very very kind things to me, that i still remember to this day. So please if you ever need to feel connected to some music please listen to Next to Normal it really is a brilliant piece of art that not only reflects the struggles we face but also gives people a small glimpse of what we go through and it gave me some perspective on how it effects them as well.
"Cause some days I think I'm dying but I'm really only trying to get through for just another day.."- Next to Normal
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by Pancake » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:09 am

My daughter is a singer specialising in musical theatre, and 'Superboy and the Invisible Girl' is one of her repertoire songs. I don't *think* she's trying to tell me something... :o

So, most importantly... did you see Matilda?
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by farfromnormal » Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:05 am

Pancake- I have not seen Matilda, the next show on my list is Fun Home

And here is the Youtube video of the cast I saw...even more coisidental the name of the actor who plays the son shares my first name as well :P
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