A New Brain: Musical Info & Synopsis


A New Brain follows the life of Gordon Schwinn, a talented yet frustrated composer working as a songwriter for a children’s television show. When Gordon collapses during a lunch with his friend Rhoda, he’s rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition. Facing the possibility of death, Gordon’s perspective on life undergoes a radical shift. Through a series of dream sequences and flashbacks, the musical explores his fears, regrets, and aspirations. A New Brain is an exploration of relationships, adversity, and life’s unexpected challenges.

Musical Information

Parental Warning: Adult Themes/Content

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Cast Size: 10

Genre: Semi-Autobiography

Setting: “Present”

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Book: James Lapine

Cast Albums

Original Off-Broadway Cast (1998)➝

New York Cast (2015)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1990s, Biography, LGBTQ+, One-Act, Spring, Sung-Through, True Story

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