A New Brain
Closed 2h 15m
A New Brain
82

A New Brain NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
7%
Negative
4%
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.

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Member Reviews (28)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
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.

277 Reviews | 58 Followers
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.

240 Reviews | 69 Followers
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.

184 Reviews | 117 Followers
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.

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173 Reviews | 49 Followers
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.

144 Reviews | 29 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
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, these songs evoke the original, piquant talent of a composer whose singular style otherwise feels strangely absent."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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, making excellent use of what can, in other contexts, be Finn’s least successful tics...The authors have also fiddled with the material, sharpening and tightening it significantly."
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New York Post
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 supple voice and low-key charm."
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New York Daily News
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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AM New York
June 25th, 2015

"The unpredictable, often catchy score alternates between madcap, hallucinatory production numbers and gorgeous, tender ballads...The current production has very little scenery, which makes it look rather empty in the big theater. Nevertheless, the musical plows ahead without pause for 100 minutes and giddily sweeps the audience along."
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Theatermania
June 25th, 2015

"With 'A New Brain', Lapine proves once again how good he is at directing his own material, sending us on a dizzying voyage through the valley of the shadow of death that's as dark as it is lighthearted...Ultimately, this production proves that 'A New Brain' is one big affirmation of life, and a reminder that every day we have on this planet is a gift."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 24th, 2015

"Though tangible reality is essentially a character, and makes its presence keenly felt at certain points, its application represents the shakiest sections of the show's otherwise rock-solid concept...So, no, 'A New Brain' is not perfect. Still, such flaws hardly matter when the presentation and the casting are as elegant as they are here...With an artistry that is at once touching and objective. That elevates the show and transports us to the realm of insight and wonder only accessible by way of the best musicals — the best theatre."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 25th, 2015

"To some, 'A New Brain', William Finn’s autobiographically-based musical about his brief battle with a brain injury, will always seem like an odd, slightly self-indulgent curiosity. To others, myself included, the show is a moving testament to the power of love and hope, blessed with some of the most glorious and inventive music written for the theater in the past 20 years. And I suspect whichever side you may be on, you will never see a more perfectly cast production."
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