This production brought several repertoires of familiar musicals such as Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Heathers, Waitress, Be More Chill, etc. Although not with live music, casts are able to sing a song after song without technical problems.
Lifting up stories from current issues in the nation such as bullying, difference of social statuses, economical factors, egoism, as well as narcissism that has been a hot topic and has developed through a lot of the citizens of Jakarta nowadays, this musical cleverly mixed these issues up with contradictory positive traditional Javanese values.
After their most recent show “Still Life,” JYPA is back again with another show that deals with mental health issues, the Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical “Next to Normal” by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. The story revolves around the Goodman family, consisting of a depressed dad, a daughter who feels invisible despite her brilliance, and a mom who has been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder – but turns out that doesn’t really cover everything. The only thing that makes them similar is that they are all trying to do their best to “hold it all together,” despite the challenging condition that faced the family. For such a heavy story that addresses grief, depression, suicide attempt, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life, “Next to Normal” sure was a lot to take, but still a fresh air to the musical landscape in Indonesia.