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A New Brain ()

Produced by

The Musical Stage Company

Music: William Finn
Lyrics: William Finn
Book: William Finn and James Lapine
Director: Daryl Cloran


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs Theatre


February 12th, 2009 – March 1st, 2009


Frogs, sail boats, kiddie TV, overbearing Jewish mothers, and arterial venous malformations. When a frustrated children’s television composer is struck with a rare brain disorder he faces the possibility of his own mortality in the hospital with his friends, family and nurses. As the doctors race to save his life, Gordon realizes that his greatest fear is dying with his best songs still inside him; and so, from his hospital bed, they come to life in his room. Both zany and heartbreaking, A New Brain looks at celebrating life through heart and music. (


Steven Gallagher Gordon
Barbara Barsky Mimi
Thom Allison Roger
Juan Chioran Mr. Bungee
Parris Greaves The Minister
Allie Hughes Waitress / Nancy D.
Steve Ross Richard
Jonathan Tan Dr. Jafar Berensteiner
Paula Wolfson Lisa
Patricia Zentilli Rhoda

Creative Team

William Finn Music
William Finn Lyrics
William Finn Book
James Lapine Book
Daryl Cloran Director
Wayne Gwillim Musical Director
Wayne Gwillim Orchestral Adaption
Marc Kimelman Choreographer
Lindsay Anne Black Set Designer
Michael Walton Lighting Designer
Alex Amini Costume Designer
Carmen Amini Assistant Costume Designer
Christopher Jackman Assistant Director
Jason Robert Brown Vocal Arrangements


Wayne Gwillim Piano
Brendan Cassidy Woodwinds
Julia Cleveland Drums / Percussion


Stephanie Nakamura Stage Manager
Doug Morum Production Manager
Dayna Chernoff Assistant Stage Manager
Arlene Jillard Props Coordinator
Mitchell Marcus Artistic Producer
Brian Goldenberg Assistant Producer
David Daniels Executive Producer
Jason Hudson Graphic Designer
Beth Sulman Publicist