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New Brain, A

"Jaunty [with] moments of captivating eccentricity."

The New York Times

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 105 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
By the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos, here is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. 

Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children's television show that features a frog -- Mr. Bungee -- and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal.

What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable, and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.


"Jaunty [with] moments of captivating eccentricity."

 The New York Times

"Apt and original [...] A fascinating story."

 The New York Post

"Filled with beguiling, buoyant melody [and] witty and original lyrics [...] The kind of musical theatre invention we have come to expect from this gifted artist."


Premiere Production: A New Brain premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in May of 1998 under the direction of Graciela Daniele.
  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Small

  • GORDON MICHAEL SCHWINN - aspiring stage composer who awakes in a hospital after collapsing on a plate of ziti.
    RICHARD - a nice nurse
    NANCY D. - the thin nurse
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    1 x Bass
    1 x Synthesizer
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    1 x Horn
    1 x Cello

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