The musical created by Tom Kitt who did the music and the book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey had originally been presented in workshops as concerts as “Feeling Electric” minus a lot of fleshing out that it has received since then. It originally opened Off-Broadway at the Second Stage in 2008 then took the unusual path of moving to Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage where the creators were able to spend some time reworking it (I also remember rumblings that The Goodman in Chicago tried to get it) for which the finished version ended up on Broadway winning raves and awards.
The show's defiantly a powerhouse in every possible way. It's a show that brings out the emotions that can make you laugh and cry at the drop of a hat and is able by an amazing set that's structure to look like the inside of it's leading lady's mind where the windows serve as Eyes and the top of the house reminds you as her hair line.
The Goodman's are your typical all American family at least in appearances however as time goes by those appearances are harder and harder to main with the breakdown of the mother Diana's mental and emotional state leading to the destruction of everything around them. I know this is serious stuff and might turn people away from the show but the power and joy in this show is that they are able to find so much humor in their story telling and the characters are so defined you not only like this family but you end up rooting for them.