Check out the theater.

1. Acclaimed musical in Milton

The conversation about mental illness is a hot-button topic that the Tony Award-winning musical “Next to Normal” isn’t afraid to push.

With the book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, “Next to Normal” highlights how one suburban household deals with crisis and mental illness.

The show won three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

The musical will run at 8 p.m., Friday; 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday; and at 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $27 to $32.


PHONE 684-3038   ADDRESS Milton Theatre 110 Union St., Milton   WEBSITE

2. America’s band in Milford

New York-based The U.S. Americans will paint Milford red, white and blue with their experimental sound.

The U.S. Americans incorporate whimsical lyrics, thunderous guitars, zesty rhymes and beats. The band’s music reminds listeners that not all music has to be serious.

You can catch the band in concert from 8 to 10 p.m., Saturday. Admission is free.


PHONE 491-6623   ADDRESS Mispillion River Brewing 255 Mullet Run St., Milford   WEBSITE

3. West King graces downstate

The West King String Band is comprised of musical chefs that like to cook up a variety of stylings, from modern bluegrass and classic country to rock.

The band formed in 2013 in Florida and features longtime friends AJ Fox, Jesse Harman and Jack Studer. The latest addition to the band is Spooky Fiddler, who’s helped to add punch to the group’s live shows.

You’ll notice more growth between the release of West King String Band’s debut album, “Achin’” (self-recorded in their living room) and their latest release, “Staring at the Sun” (recorded at the bombshelter in Nashville, Tennessee).

West King String Band will grace the stage in SoDel at 10 p.m., Friday. Admission is free.


PHONE 226- BREW   ADDRESS Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach   WEBSITE