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Dan Fogler, Aaron Lazar, and Wicked's Ana Gasteyer Join Jonathan Groff in A New Brain

Co-bookwriter James Lapine will direct the Encores! Off-Center production.

Additional casting has been announced for the Encores! Off-Center production of A New Brain starring Jonathan Groff.
Jonathan Groff will star in Encores! Off-Center production of A New Brain.
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Additional casting has been announced for the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine’s A New Brain, starring Jonathan Groff. The production will run from June 24-27 with direction by James Lapine and choreography by Josh Prince.

In addition to Groff (Hamilton), the cast will feature Jenni Barber (Wicked), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Bradley Dean (Doctor Zhivago), Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland), Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship), Alyse Alan Louis (Mamma Mia!), and Rema Webb (Violet).

A New Brain, inspired by William Finn’s personal experiences, is a medical tragedy seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn (Jonathan Groff) collapses face-first into a plate of spaghetti, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the people in his life. The musical opened at Lincoln Center Theater on June 18, 1998, and ran for 78 performances.

A New Brain is the opening production of New York City Center‘s Encores! Off-Center series, the third season of which will also feature Little Shop of Horrors, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ellen Greene, and Taran Killam, and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, starring Sutton Foster.

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