We begin rehearsals for A NEW BRAIN this weekend! Three days, to be exact,
Not only have we assembled a top-notch cast and production staff, but I can honestly say I haven't been this excited to begin a project in a long time.
I'm pretty sure I can pinpoint the fist time I ever listened to Finn's A NEW BRAIN. I was a freshman at Loyola Academy when my good friend David Nash was appearing as 'Jason' in Porchlight Theatre's FALSETTOS. As I dove into such a funny, original, and sad score in FALSETTOS (a precursor to my RENT days), I stumbled across Finn's new recording of his new show playing at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Playhouse.
As a 14-year-old theatre dork, A NEW BRAIN's score was beyond addictive. The recording's cast - including Malcolm Gets, Norm Lewis, Mary Testa, and some young chorus girl named Kristin Chenoweth - was (and remains) pure perfection. I was hooked. And I've remained hooked.
I was lucky enough to come across A NEW BRAIN during a formative year while learning what a well-written musical sounded like. So now, 14 years later (yikes!), I'm thrilled to bring Finn's semi-autobiographical exploration of anxiety, self-doubt, and the healing power of art to Chicago with The Brown Paper Box Co. Quite simply, it embodies what it means to balance love and work with life and death.
M. William Panek
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