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A New Brain

From 27 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 (27)


Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

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.

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.

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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