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Drama: Next to Normal
This year's prize went to a musical that had not been nominated by the jury. Based on the book by Brian Yorkey, the Broadway hit Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, is a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals. Next to Normal also won three Tony awards this year.
Finalists in this category were The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph and In the Next Room or the vibrator play, by Sarah Ruhl.