Encores! 2015 announces full casting for A New Brain


New York City Center's 'Encores! Off-Center' series, under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori, has announced additional casting for William Finn and James Lapine's musical A New Brain, which will be directed by Lapine and will run from 24 to 27 June 2015.

Joining previously announced Jonathan Groff (Gordon Michael Schwinn), will be Jenni Barber (Waitress/Nancy D), Quentin Earl Darrington (Minister), Bradley Dean (Dr. Jafar), Dan Fogler (Mr. Bungee), Ana Gasteyer (Mimi Schwinn), Josh Lamon (Richard), Aaron Lazar (Roger), Alyse Alan Louis (Rhoda), and Rema Webb (Homeless Woman).

Featuring music and lyrics by William Finn and book by William Finn and James Lapine, and choreography by Josh Prince, the musical was inspired by Finn's personal experiences. Described as a "medical tragedy seen through the zany iris of a Looney Tunes short", the show follows struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn as 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 boyfriend, a power-belting homeless woman, and a nasty kiddie-show host named Mr. Bungee.

The 2015 Encores! Off-Center season will feature sets by Donyale Werle, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Mark Barton and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. Chris Fenwick will serve as musical director for all productions.

Jonathan Groff (Gordon Michael Schwinn) has appeared on Broadway in the original production of 'Spring Awakening' for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. His Off-Broadway credits include 'The Submission' (MCC Theater); 'The Bacchae' (The Public Theater) and The Public Theater revival of 'Hair'. His TV roles include HBO's 'Looking', 'The Normal Heart' and 'Glee'.

- by Tom Millward

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