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Pulitzer Checklist

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So the Pulitzer Prize in Drama goes to...Next to Normal, a musical that Wikipedia says is about "a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life."

So:


Subject matter: middle class suburban life -- check.PlaywrightsBrian Yorkey graduate of Columbia University -- check; provided with conservatory training as a child at KidStage -- check

Tom Kitt graduate of Columbia University -- check; provided with conservatory training as a child at Interlochen Summer Music Program for high school students -- checkBut no, there is no such thing as a narrow track for privileged young artists whose parents can afford to send them to get training when they are young. Nah! It's all about talent and desire and believing in yourself. And it has nothing to do with diversity, as you can clearly see, since the subje…