Book byWilliam Finn
Directed and Choreographed byGraciela Daniele
The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater was home to the world premiere of A NEW BRAIN, the new musical by William Finn and James Lapine, the Tony-winning creators of the 1992 Broadway hit Falsettos. The story of A NEW BRAIN is drawn from Finn's own life. Back in 1992, shortly after the successful opening of Falsettos on Broadway—the culmination of years of work—Finn suffered a brain seizure and was hospitalized. During this painfully difficult time, his doctors could not immediately pinpoint the cause of the seizure and were not sure if he would survive. Finn also feared that, even if he lived, he still might lose his ability to write. From such dire source material came this surprisingly joyous and funny musical about songwriter Gordon Schwinn. Bolstered by the support of his mother, his boyfriend Roger and many other good friends, Gordon finds the courage to confront his mortality and allow his doctors to perform the necessary surgery. In life and on stage, thankfully, there is a happy ending. Finn recovered completely and this musical is a glorious rediscovery of his distinctive songwriting 'voice', an exorcism of a painfully dark period, a coming-back to the world, with Finn writing in a freer and warmer way than ever before. This is a very touching show, but not a downer at all—it’s a big upper!