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A New Brain - 2015 - New York

A New Brain, inspired by William Finn's personal experiences, is a medical tragedy seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn (Jonathan Groff) 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 (Ana Gasteyer), a ruthless kiddie-show host (Dan Fogler), and a boyfriend who'd "rather be sailing" (Aaron Lazar). The musical opened at Lincoln Center Theater on June 18, 1998 and ran for 78 performances, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.

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City Center

(New York, NY)
131 W. 55th St.
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by Nicole Rosky - Sep 8, 2020
Need a new Broadway diversion to get you through the day? Check back today at 2pm to watch as BroadwayWorld's Spencer Glass broadcasts a very special episode of It's The Day of the Show Y'all LIVE! Which little-known musical theatre treasure will he uncover? Today is all about A NEW BRAIN!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 29, 2021
Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's resident nonprofit professional theatre presents a limited engagement of “Sing Happy!,” a celebration of the work of Broadway's famous duo, Kander and Ebb.  
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2021
San Francisco’s Landmark Musical Theatre (Jon Rosen, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full cast and creative team for the opening production of the Company’s upcoming in-person 2021-2022 season, the Tony Award®-winning audience favorite THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. 
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2021
Leading lady Beth Leavel is a Tony Award-winning legend who has starred on Broadway in The Prom, The Drowsy Chaperone, Bandstand, Mamma Mia!, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, The Civil War, Show Boat, Baby It's You, and Elf. Her film and TV credits include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Unusuals.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Oct 9, 2020
You voted, here they are! In no particular order, meet our top 30 in the college category.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 8, 2021
Tony Award nominated director and choreographer Graciela Daniele was the 2020 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 5, 2020
Cohesity, Pure Storage and Special Olympics Northern California presented a virtual night out with Jonathan Groff! Groff sang famous tunes from Frozen, Hamilton and more.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2020
In recognition of its 30th Anniversary Season, SpeakEasy Stage will hold a special digital concert – Celebrating 30 Seasons of Groundbreaking Theatre - premiering Thursday, November 19th at 7:30PM, and streaming through Monday, November 23rd. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 29, 2020
After lots of books for hardcore musical theatre lovers, Miller has finally written one for everybody else, The ABC's of Broadway Musicals: A Civilian's Guide, a fun, short, easy-to-read introduction to the art form, famous shows, famous artists, books and videos to check out, and a short but informative stroll through the history of musicals.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Oct 24, 2020
You voted, here they are! In no particular order, meet our top 10 in the college category.
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 8, 2020
For theatre fans, it's always a grand day for singing, and this particularly stressful week is no exception. Wanting to whistle a happy tune? BroadwayWorld is going meta by bringing you 35 of our favorite songs about singing and music.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Nov 5, 2020
'Frozen' stars Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff will reunite to star in 'Molly and the Moon,' an upcoming musical film from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The pair created 'How I Met Your Mother.'
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2021
1st Stage will return to live performance with a special benefit concert performance of A New Brain by William Finn and James Lapine on June 27, at 5:00 PM at Boro Park in Tysons.
by A.A. Cristi - May 10, 2021
Theatre NOVA, in collaboration with The Ringwald Theatre, will release their filmed version of 'A New Brain' by William Finn and James Lapine via Broadway on Demand during June of 2021. By the Tony Award-winning authors of 'Falsettos,' 'A New Brain' is a life-affirming, heartfelt, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency.
by Roy Berko - Mar 6, 2021
Beck's stream is a total must see!
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 28, 2021
Spring has officially sprung, and the beautiful weather and longer days are giving us plenty to sing about! To celebrate, we've curated a complete playlist about springtime. From April showers to May flowers, sing along to get your spirits up just in time for June start bustin' out all over!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 4, 2021
Throughout her outstanding career, Mary has earned numerous Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations for her work, as well as a special Drama Desk award celebrating 'Three Decades of Outstanding Work.'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2020
Today we rewind to 2015, when Encores! Off Center presented William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, starring Jonathan Groff, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar and Rema Webb.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 27, 2020
Take a deep dive into the career of Jonathan Groff, both before and after his Tony-nominated turn in as King George III!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2021
On this day, we're wishing a very Happy Birthday to acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2020
All month long, BroadwayWorld is celebrating Pride! As part of the festivities we polled our readers to find out your picks for the most inspirational LGBTQ+ characters in theatrical history!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 14, 2021
This week (June 14-20) in live streaming: Rita Moreno visits Backstage Live, Show of Titles on demand, a Kerry Butler master class, a Guys and Dolls reunion, and so much more!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 12, 2021
Broadway undeniably transformed New York City in the 1990s, and the musicals of the decade were equally influential- thrusting the artform into a new brand new century of show-stopping genius. Study up on the great musicals of the 1990s with a playlist of 100 showtunes of the era.
by Alan Henry - Jul 7, 2020
Producer Mark Cortale announced today that award-winning stars of the stage and screen Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty, and Cheyenne Jackson will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series, the weekly virtual series based on Seth Rudetsky's international Broadway series that began at The Art House in Provincetown.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2021
Graciela Daniele has directed on Broadway, at Lincoln Center and the Public Theater, and at regional theaters and has earned ten Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. Her Broadway Director/Choreographic credits include Chita Rivera, The Dancer's Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Dangerous Game.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jul 28, 2020
In BroadwayWorld Remix, we want our readers to make their own art for a particular show. This week's show is Mean Girls!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 26, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Stage and Screen Actor Michael Mandell Has Died. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
by Alan Henry - Jul 22, 2020
Hosted by beloved musical director and Sirius XM Star Seth Rudetsky, Norm Lewis's live concert is now available on demand for a limited time only, through August 5th!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 20, 2020
Seth Rudetsky's internationally acclaimed Broadway concert series that first began in Provincetown at The Art House in 2011 is now a weekly virtual series entitled The Seth Concert Series. Norm Lewis' performance as part of The Seth Concert Series, re-airs today at 3 PM ET.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 18, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! On July 17, he chatted with Broadway favorite Norm Lewis!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 17, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! Tune in right here today, July 17 (12pm ET), as he chats with Broadway favorite Norm Lewis!
by Stephen Mosher - Jul 16, 2020
Jamie deRoy & friends Broadcasts Interview with William Finn July 19th
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 11, 2020
It may be too darn hot, but all of the calor (calor!) means that summertime has arrived! Before the summer ends, BroadwayWorld wants you to bust out all over and have those simple joys where the livin' is easy. 
by Stage Tube - Jan 6, 2021
In the first part of a collaboration between the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Paper Mill Playhouse, Broadway veteran Rema Webb and an NJSO string quintet give an at-home performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2021
In the first part of a collaboration between the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Paper Mill Playhouse, Broadway veteran Rema Webb and an NJSO string quintet give an at-home performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel tonight, January 5, at 7 pm.
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 28, 2021
Four decades later and in the middle of a show business shut down, Brandy's Piano Bar is still offering live entertainment ... and some great hot toddies.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jan 1, 2021
Here's everything you need to know about the cast and creatives of Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical!
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 24, 2021
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm ET) celebrating William Finn's Birthday with Alison Fraser, Norm Lewis, Micheal Rupert, Mary Testa, Lillias White and Chip Zien.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 24, 2021
Olivia Palacios and Mandie Rapoza have released 'Circles'. 'As choreographers, our goal was to create a dance that would visually amplify the powerful impact of Trevor Weston’s music, and continue The Overlook’s pursuit of connecting music with the community.'
by The Chaos Twins - Dec 8, 2020
Tune in today, December 8 (4pm ET) to watch the next episode right here at BroadwayWorld. This week's special guest is Norm Lewis, whose new concert, Christmastime is Here, will be available to stream starting December 17.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Dec 4, 2020
Ana Gasteyer is stopping by the Seth Rudetsky Concert Series this weekend! We're looking back at past performances before her show on Sunday!
by Student Blogger: Josie Reynolds - Dec 21, 2020
After emerging into what feels like a new brain, I feel a lot better about what the future holds. 
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2020
Norm Lewis performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson as part of Lincoln Center's Love From Lincoln Center.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 11, 2020
American Repertory Theater announced today that Broadway star Norm Lewis (ExtraOrdinary special guest, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) will be the guest on the December 29 episode of The Lunch Room, the theater’s virtual talk show with artists, activists, and civic leaders. The live hour of curated conversation and interactive Q&A begins at 12PM.
by Fiona Scott - Aug 5, 2020
The current UK Government guidelines recommend that as theatres reopen, audience members should not be encouraged to hang around the stage door. In the run-up to lockdown, West End shows like Dear Evan Hansen suspended stage door practices.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 25, 2020
What have you been doing during the pandemic? New Line Theatre Artistic Director Scott Miller has been writing a collection of horror stories, all inspired by the musical theatre. Yes, you read that right.
by Ricky Pope - Aug 17, 2021
Penny Fuller may have had the quote of the evening when she and Anita Gillette unveiled the new version of their show SIN TWISTERS. She was quoting the great Barbara Cook, who said 'I wish someone had told me I was working in The Golden Age. I would have paid attention.' That is a mouthful. Anita Gillette (Carnival, All-American, Mr. President, They're Playing Our Song, Chapter Two) and Penny Fuller (Applause, Rex, A New Brain, The Dinner Party, Anastasia) brought a bit of The Golden Age to the stage of Feinstein's 54 Below. And the audience paid attention. In fact, the audience was spellbound.
by BWW Prompts - Aug 12, 2020
Today we asked our readers to share their dream musical stream!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 2, 2021
Berkshire Theatre Group has announced immersive outdoor experiences for summer 2021, with a casting sneak-peek. BTG will be releasing a complete season cast announcement at a later date. Berkshire Theatre Group will work in adherence with government guidelines and corresponding health and safety officials.