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A New Brain

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This album is a two-CD set.

Release Date:
 February 5, 2016

what the critics are saying

“Top flight. A harmonious thank-you note for second chances in life both eccentrically individual and universal.”
–The New York Times

“Quirky and intensely personal. Jonathan Groff brings empathy, confidence and ease. Playing a composer determined to make his mark, the star leaves yet another one...”
–New York Daily News

“Gorgeous. Nakedly emotional songs.”
–New York Post

“Revelatory and terribly moving. A miracle.”
New York magazine

“Giddily sweeps the audience along. Gasteyer is in superb form. Rema Webb stops the show.”

“Dramatic, entertaining and decidedly off-beat.”
Huffington Post

A New Brain
2015 New York Cast

A "miracle" and "revelatory" is how New York Magazine greeted the 2015 New York City Center Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain. Audiences and critics alike welcomed the opportunity to revisit this deeply personal show, largely neglected since it premiered in 1998, and this new production – featuring some canny rewrites by Finn and Lapine – seemed more moving and invigorating than ever before; as New York magazine put it, "sharpening and tightening" the show allows its main theme, "the responsibility we have to use ourselves fully," to emerge more clearly. The score by the Tony Award–winner comprises "madcap, hallucinatory production numbers and gorgeous, tender ballads" (amNY); "both eccentrically individual and universal, these songs evoke the original, piquant talent" (The New York Times) of the composer/lyricist. Now PS Classics has preserved the "starry and beautifully sung" (NY Daily News) production of this 95-minute, through-composed show in its entirety for the first time, in a deluxe two-disc set starring Broadway, film and television star Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Frozen, Looking), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night with Live, Wicked), Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza) and Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, filling in for Dan Fogler, who was filming in London at the time of recording).

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track listing

Disc One:

  1. Prologue: Frogs Have So Much Spring  ("The Spring Song")
  2. Prologue: 911 Emergency / I Have So Many Songs
  3. Heart and Music
  4. Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine
  5. Trouble in His Brain
  6. Be Polite to Everyone
  7. I'd Rather Be Sailing
  8. Family History
  9. Gordo's Law of Genetics
  10. And They're Off
  11. Roger Arrives
  12. Just Go
  13. MRI Tomorrow
  14. Poor, Unsuccessful and Fat
  15. MRI Day
  16. Sitting Becalmed in the Lee of Cuttyhunk
  17. Craniotomy
  18. An Invitation to Sleep in My Arms
  19. Change

Disc Two:

  1. Yes
  2. In the Middle of the Room (Part I)
  3. Throw It Out
  4. In the Middle of the Room (Part II)
  5. A Really Lousy Day in the Universe
  6. Brain Dead
  7. The Music Still Plays On
  8. Don't Give In
  9. Craniotomy (reprise)
  10. You Boys Are Gonna Get Me in Such Trouble
  11. I'd Rather Be Sailing (reprise)
  12. The Homeless Lady's Revenge
  13. Time
  14. Time and Music
  15. I Feel So Much Spring

    Track listing subject to change

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