Theater NOVA and Ringwald Theater to Air Filmed Musical, “A New Brain” | Downstream life
A filmed streaming version of the William Finn and James Lapine musical, “A New Brain,” will be available on demand from June 5 to 20, a collaboration of Theater NOVA and the Ringwald Theater.
From Finn and Rabbit, the creators of Tony Award winning “Falsettos”, “A New Brain” was inspired by Finn’s frightening experience with an arteriovenous malformation in his brain and the healing power resulting from his. musical creation.
The show premiered on Broadway in 1998 and has since relaunched in the United States, England and around the world.
The protagonist of the musical, Gordon Schwinn, fears dying “with his greatest songs still in him”. Likewise, Finn wrote many songs in the series after his release from the hospital.
In the musical, Gordon, who is under the deadline, is frustrated with his assignment to write a spring-themed song for a children’s show starring Mr. Bungee, who is a costumed frog.
When he takes a break to meet a friend for lunch, he passes out and is taken to hospital, where he learns he has a serious illness, from which he could die, but for which the operation is everything. also risky.
The show features a cast of quirky characters, from a homeless woman to the protagonist’s mother.
The show is a heartwarming, fun, and relatable look at how wonderful the world can be when you take the time to slow down and watch it.
The cast includes Richard Peyton as Gordon Schwinn, a composer; Jamie Richards as Mr. Bungee, children’s TV show star, director and producer; Diane Hill as Mimi Schwinn, Gordon’s mother; Liz Schultz as Rhoda, Gordon’s agent and best friend; Vince Kelley as Roger, Gordon’s boyfriend; Jason Briggs as Richard, nurse; Arielle Crosby as Lisa, a homeless woman; Alaina Kerr as a waitress and as Nancy, a mean nurse; and Steve DeBruyne as Dr Berensteiner.
Vince Kelley directed the show, under the musical direction of R. MacKenzie Lewis. Jake Turner has been a director of photography, sound engineer and editor.
The actors spent the month of March learning music while rehearsing Zoom. In April, they switched to social-distanced, masked in-person musical rehearsals.
After all of the cast were fully or partially vaccinated and tested negative for COVID-19, they met for twelve days of filming, with a completion date of April 24.
The show was shot scene by scene, keeping the number of people in the theater to a minimum.
It was a new and stimulating experience for the actors of the stage, used to rehearsing live for four to six weeks, and the technical talent of the series, who had to adapt a play to a cinematographic medium, with the post editing. -production in mind.
The show was supported in part by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“A New Brain” will be available on demand on June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20, with $ 25 tickets. The show can be watched via Broadway on Demand on computers, tablets and smartphones, and on TV via the Broadway on Demand app using Apple TV, Roku and compatible Amazon video devices.
For more information, contact [email protected] To purchase tickets, visit TheatreNOVA.org.