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Mental health drama Next To Normal wins Pulitzer Prize

A scene from Next To Norman
Next To Normal deals with an ordinary family coping with mental illness

A Broadway musical chronicling a woman's struggle with mental illness has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Next To Normal was praised for "expanding the scope of subject matter for musicals".

Tinkers, Paul Harding's debut novel for a tiny publishing house, was a surprise winner of the best fiction category.

Country musician Hank Williams was posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer for being "a major musical and cultural force in American life".

His "craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity" was also cited by Pulitzer.

Other awards in the arts and literature were announced for classical music, biography, history and poetry.

The Pulitzer Prizes, which have been handed out since 1917, also recognise excellence in journalism.

The awards are due to be handed out at a gala lunch next month.

Tom Kitt, composer of Next To Normal, said: "Everybody can relate to what we wrote about."

Lyricist Brian Yorkey added: "This is a show about real people and what they are going through, exploring their pains and also their joys on a level that musicals don't often do."

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