NUTLEY LITTLE THEATRE SCHEDULES AUDITIONS FOR:
A NEW BRAIN
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Finn and James Lapine
Directed by Juliana Valente
Audition dates*: Saturday, June 10 @ 1pm & Monday, June 12 @ 8pm
Seeking ten strong actor-singers for this ensemble cast. Please prepare a 32-bar cut, preferably from the show or in the style of the show. You will be asked to prepare songs from the show for callbacks.
*Please contact Juliana directly if you are unable to attend either call, but would still like to audition: email@example.com
Show Synopsis: Songwriter Gordon Schwinn works at his piano to meet a deadline, irritated because he must write a song about spring for the children’s television host Mr. Bungee, who dresses as a frog (“Frogs Have So Much Spring Within Them”). Gordon takes a break from his writing and meets his best friend Rhoda at a restaurant. During lunch, he clutches his head and falls face first into his meal and is taken to the hospital.
While in the hospital, Gordon contemplates his situation with his mother, Rhoda, and his boyfriend Roger. Gordon’s greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside him. After the operation, Gordon falls into a coma and while in that state, he hallucinates a surrealistic musical-within-a-musical starring the people in his life; and ultimately, the hallucination-Bungee leads Gordon back to consciousness and to Roger. He recovers slowly and his near death experience teaches him to re-evaluate and better appreciate the people and relationships in his life. With his life at last in balance, he is able to write again.
VOCAL DEMANDS: Difficult
CHARACTERS, in order of appearance:
GORDON MICHAEL SCHWINN – (Tenor Age: 30 – 49) Composer who awakes in a hospital after collapsing on a plate of ziti. Vulnerable, lovable and sarcastic.
A HOMELESS LADY – (Mezzo-Soprano Age: 30 – 59) Wise and yet bitter and tough. She is a commentator, a one-woman Greek chorus who, like the God-Devil figure Leading Player in Pippin, steps into the action and moves events forward.
RHODA – (Soprano Age: 30 – 39) Gordon’s business manager and best friend. Strict but totally devoted to Gordon.
WAITRESS/NANCY D. – (Soprano Age: 20 – 39) The waitress is overbearing and an overzealous fangirl. Nancy is a cruel, thin nurse. Always condescending. Great comic timing.
MR. BUNGEE – (Baritone Age: 30 – 49) Gordon’s arch nemesis, the megalomaniac director/producer and star of his own children’s television show, Mr. Bungee’s Lily Pad.
RICHARD – (Baritone Age: 30 – 59) A kind and compassionate nurse. Sweet, but underneath lies a dark, self-deprecating sense of humor.
DR. JAFAR BERENSTEINER – (Baritone Age: 25 – 59) An unsympathetic doctor. Cold, impatient, a little weird – and also abandoning. The night before Gordon’s surgery he ducks out because he has tickets to see Chicago that night.
THE MINISTER – (Tenor Age: 20 – 49) A hospital employee with a bit of a drinking problem. Should have a big, dramatic pop ballad sound.
ROGER DELLI-BOVI – (Baritone Age: 30 – 49) Gordon’s charming and affectionate boyfriend. Only Roger can bring a calmness to Gordon’s chaos. We see that influence throughout the entire show – Roger’s patience, humor, understanding, and calm.
MIMI SCHWINN – (Mezzo-Soprano Age: 50 – 69) Gordon’s very loving yet unstable mother. Gordon and his mother have a very volatile, sometimes hostile relationship, but there is profound love there.
Rights are held by Samuel French Inc.
Call-Backs: Wednesday, June 14 @ 8pm
Rehearsals: June 18 – August 24
Evening performances: (8 pm)
Friday Sep 8, 15, 22
Saturday Sep 9, 16, 23
Thursday Sep 14
Matinee performances: (2 pm)
Sunday Sep 10, 17
Saturday Sep 23
Tech: August 27-31, September 5-6
(Note: Tech week will be split to accommodate for Labor Day weekend)
Auditions & Call-Backs will be held at: Nutley Little Theater, 47 Erie Pl, Nutley, NJ