Adam Chanler-Berat, Mary Testa, and Tally Sessions Will Star in A NEW BRAIN at Barrington Stage
The "Music Still Plays On" at Barrington Stage Comapny! They, in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival have announced initial casting for William Finn’s 1998 musical A New Brain, opening Sunday, August 20, 2023 and playing through September 10, 2023.
A New Brain will feature Adam Chanler-Berat as Gordon, three-time Tony Award nominee Mary Testa as Mimi, Tally Sessions as The Doctor, Demond Green as The Minister, Dorcas Leung as Rhoda, Joshua Lamon as Mr. Bungee, Salome Smith (Broadway: 1776) as Lisa, and Justine Horihata Rappaport as Nancy. Additional casting will be announced in coming weeks.
A New Brain features music and lyrics by BSC Associate Artist William Finn, book by Finn and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine, and direction by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner and choreography by Chloe O. Davis.
A New Brain was originally presented in 1998 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, where it won the 1999 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. The largely autobiographical musical is about Finn’s life-threatening experience surviving a neurological brain condition.
In A New Brain, Gordon can’t get past his writer’s block when a medical emergency forces him to reassess if his songs (or lack thereof) are more important than his family, his friends, or his partner. He needs to navigate a mean nurse, shelves of books and a bossy frog to get to the heart of his music.
A New Brain will feature scenic design by Paige Hathaway, costume design by Debra Kim Sivigny, lighting design by Jason Lyons, and sound design by Ken Travis. Production Stage Manager is John Godbout. Assistant Stage Manager is Leslie Sears.
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