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A New Brain at The 5 & Dime

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Up next at The 5 & Dime is A New Brain, a musical by William Finn and James Lapine, opening April 21.

Presented by The 5 & Dime and Rob and Donna Banks, the musical is being directed by Ron Shreve with musical direction by Erin Barnes. The cast includes Josh Waller, Amy Allen Farmer, Rodney Holmes, Rob Banks, Daniel Austin, Isabella Martinez, Katie McCloskey, Eric Yarham, Jeff Wells and Julie Harrington

From Tony-award winners William Finn and James Lapine, A New Brain is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog – Mr. Bungee – and the spectre of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.

A New Brain will be in production through May 7. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Fridays April 21, 28 and May 5; 8 p.m. on Saturdays April 22, 29 and May 6; and 2 p.m. on Sundays April 30 and May 7. Tickets are $25, $20 if purchased by midnight April 20. For tickets, visit http://www.the5anddime.org.

A special pay-what-you-can performance will be offered at 8 p .m. on Monday, April 24. Reservations are not required.

The 5 & Dime is located at 112 East Adams St. in Jacksonville.