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A New Brain

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

About the show

This autobiographical 1998 musical from Tony Award winner William Finn is a medical tragedy as seen through the lens of a Looney Tunes short. More…

After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn collapses face-first into a plate of spaghetti, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the lovable screw-ups in his life: an overbearing mother, a ruthless kiddie-show host named Mr. Bungee, and a boyfriend who’d “rather be sailing.”


Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing
82
Avg Score

75
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Interesting

See it if Great concert version. Great talent. Interesting plot

Don't see it if You think Jonathan Groff should be heard but not seen.

73
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You're a fan of the performers or the score. Ana Gasteyer was a standout!

Don't see it if You don't like concert stagings or not a fan of the piece.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Romantic, Relevant

See it if You want to hear one of the best musical theater scores of the past 20 years.

Don't see it if You like shows with big production numbers.

81
Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of the music (which you should be), you're interested in musicals that tell a unique story.

Don't see it if you're afraid of hospitals.

30
Banal, Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're a big enough Jonathan Groff fan to see him in absolutely anything.

Don't see it if You haven't the patience for indulging this crap.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Original

See it if you want a contemporary story & engaging likable, but complicated characters.

Don't see it if you're looking for catchy, epic music.

82
Great music, Absorbing, Interesting, Unique, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for biographical show that is a little unconventional & don't mind one that deals with some serious medical themes.

Don't see it if you're turned off by autobiographical shows or irreverent depictions of medial issues.

80
Miscast, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious, Hilarious

See it if you love the work of Bill Finn

Don't see it if you want a Jonathan Groff Vehicle, he was completely miscast and unfortunately boring

Also As a superfan of the original cast album Jonathan Groff was a big let ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like William Finn musicals, you don't have any issues with the storyline.

Don't see it if You are turned off by quirky and different musicals.

88
Romantic, Original, Masterful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if A great job done by actors putting 110%. Most of the music enjoyable. I appreciated this show as a medical professional.

Don't see it if Some numbers were just odd, but overall well done. Don't enjoy semi-stagged productions.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Profound

See it if You want to be amazed by William Finn's genius. You want a story of second chances. You want an original, witty musical.

Don't see it if The description says "through the lens of a Looney Tunes short," it's accurate. It's zany at times, and if zany isn't your thing, skip it.

56
Quirky, Original, Confusing, Disappointing, Weird

See it if you enjoy off-beat shows and are willing to try something different.

Don't see it if you are a fan of more traditional musicals.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if you want to see an biographical musical with a great cast and a good score

Don't see it if You don't like the cast or are looking for a big production with a large cast and big song and dance numbers

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You love new and clever musicals.

Don't see it if You think it's not a headliner (which it should be).

83
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the wonderful lyrics of William Finn and excellent acting and vocals

Don't see it if you can't sit for 80++ minutes without and intermission or have issues with medical or gay themes.

88
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if -Catchy,upbeat songs

Don't see it if -Random sequences -Not a fan of William Finn

100
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like a heart-felt musical experience.

Don't see it if You aren't sentimental.

90
Funny, Great writing, Original, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Bill Finn's work, or are looking for something new.

Don't see it if you don't want show tunes to be stuck in your head all week!

68
Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like witty comedy. This show has good music. Great set design as well. Its a cute show. Not my favorite but its good.

Don't see it if you have any issues with sexuality.

91
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like stories about overcoming challenges. Great singing and acting.

Don't see it if You aren't into musicals

95
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great writing

See it if you want to exerience a story that will tug at your heart strings and really get you thinking about human relationships and emotions

Don't see it if you are in to the glitz and glam musical theatre can often bring

100
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if Love shows about creatives!

Don't see it if Hate the gays.

86
Clever, Dated, Funny, Edgy, Great singing

See it if If you appreciate tongue-n-cheek lyrics and appreciate stellar jazz harmonies.

Don't see it if If you aren't slightly silly. This show requires a twisted, dark humor.

85
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You like Jonathan Groff and a totally new story

Don't see it if You are easily bored

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You love musicals.This musicals incorporates everything we love about musicals.It mixed with serious situations and lighthearted comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like subjects of homosexuality or brain issues.


June 25th, 2015
“An attractively abstract, shadow-filled production directed by Mr. Lapine, the show remains, as it was, what is essentially one long, harmonious thank-you note for second chances in life...'A New Brain' has been given a top-flight physical production...Both eccentrically individual and universal...
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June 25th, 2015
"With its existential questions and probing narrative, 'A New Brain' suffers a bit from an unwillingness to prune away some of its revue-form roots: There are too many songs and, especially, too many wrap-it-up songs at the end. But the miracle is that the show is nevertheless terribly moving, ma...
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June 25th, 2015
"Finn is an idiosyncratic lyricist/composer with a unique gift for nakedly emotional songs...Other parts of the show haven’t aged nearly as well, like the grating childlike vibe associated with Mr. Bungee...Though the musical is uneven, Groff effortlessly keeps the production together with his su...
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June 25th, 2015
"A tuneful and chipper number in 'A New Brain' repeatedly points out that you need 'heart and music to survive.' The show heeds half that smart advice...This 'Brain' could use more heart...There’s an almost clinical detachment toward the characters."
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