"Sing Out, Louise!" Our Top Ten Musical Theatre Diva Vehicles

By Ben Rimalower
05 Aug 2013

Alice Ripley in Next to Normal.
Photo by Joan Marcus

8. Next to Normal

In the New York Times, Ben Brantley called Next to Normal, "something much more than a feel-good musical: it is a feel-everything musical." True dat! As an audience, we relate to bipolar principal character Diana's yearning to feel it all again, the highs and lows she's sacrificed to medication, in this modern musical's unique spin on the classic "I want" song, "I Miss The Mountains." Diana's decision to go off her meds gives the actress inhabiting her chance demonstrate those peaks and valleys in a tour-de-force role that won Alice Ripley a Tony and cemented her status in the pantheon of Broadway divas.