By the Tony Award-winning composer of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Falsettos, this fast-paced, surreal and irreverent musical follows Gordon, a struggling songwriter who undergoes a life changing medical emergency. Ambitious and still awaiting his big break, Gordon reluctantly composes songs for Mr. Bungee, a popular children’s television character when he collapses during a meeting with his agent and awakens in the hospital, surrounded by his mother, lover and hospital staff. While Gordon Lies hallucinating in the hospital and undergoing various tests, Mr. Bungee manifests as a spectral green frog who taunts him about his mediocre career, feeding off his growing doubts about his artistic ability. As medical emergency turns to near death experience, Gordon, his family and his friends are forced to grapple with how they process loss.
A story about a man who learns to appreciate the life he has, rather than the life he thinks he deserves.
Vision Statement Each aspect of this ensemble musical, from it’s proposed thrust style seating plan, to it’s non-naturalistic and physical theatre inspired staging and design elements will aim to bring the audience inside the surreal and often cynical world of Gordon’s brain.
CGTC & The Popular Mechanicals will workshop A New Brain and present a short run of shows with the intention of attracting producers interested in remounting the production for a longer independent or main-stage season in Melbourne and Sydney later in the year.
Remuneration All cast will be offered a small one-off gratuity to be paid 7 days after the closing night performance as well as a point percentage of any profits made after initial costs have been recouped and the box office cleared. All company members will be supplied with a proposed budget breakdown with updates as they occur and a final budget breakdown upon completion of the production.
Rehearsals Rehearsals will commence part-time from OCT 2017 until opening night on JAN 2018.
Weekly rehearsal times will be finalized around the work commitments of the cast and creative team where possible, HOWEVER those auditioning should expect to make themselves as available as possible in the evenings and over the weekends over OCT, NOV, DEC. There will be approximately 2 rehearsals scheduled per week.
There will be an intensive period of full-time rehearsal and tech during JAN in the lead up to opening night on Jan 19th.
Those auditioning should expect to become familiar with their part during SEP should they be offered a role.
1st round auditions will be held SEP 8th – 10th in the Performing Arts Centre at Camberwell Grammar School (55 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury)
Character Descriptions The following roles vary in size, however as this is a true ensemble show, when actors are not performing their roles, all (with the exception of Gordon) will be involved on stage in bringing to life Gordon’s hallucinations, in some cases playing other peripheral characters.
Gordon Michael Schwinn Male Lead (Tenor) An aspiring stage composer who has become so neurotically focused on the success and failure of his career that he has little time for others and has developed writers block. Not only does he have deep insecurities about his artistic ability but due to abandonment issues (stemming from his father’s absence during his childhood) there is a part of him that is sure that Roger (his partner) will leave him too. Homeless Lady Female (Mezzo-Soprano) Unrelated to most of the main plot but acting as a greek chorus of sorts, this homeless drug addict provides a surprisingly wise voice of reason.
Mr. Bungee / The minister Male (Baritone/Tenor) Both the egotistical children’s entertainer Gordon reluctantly writes songs for and the spectral green frog he plays on his television show. The later appearing to taunt Gordon about his mediocre career, feeding off his growing doubts about his artistic ability as he lies hallucinating in hospital.
Rhoda Female (Soprano) Gordon’s agent. Fond of Gordon but often egging his neurosis on, more interested in what he can write for her to sell, rather than his overall wellbeing.
Richard Male (Baritone)
Self styled the ‘nice nurse’, Richard is camp and bitchy but forms emotional connections with those in his care that border on the inappropriate. He isn’t afraid to flirt mercilessly with the male patients he finds attractive but has deep seeded insecurities about how unlovable he is, mostly due to his age and weight.
Nancy D / Waitress Female (Soprano) Known as the ‘thin nurse’, Nancy wants to be thought of as nice but really she is blunt, abrupt and feels nothing for those in her care. She takes pleasure in the pain of others.
Dr. Jafar Berensteiner Male (Baritone) The quintessential surgeon – egotistical, oblivious to the feelings of patients and a shameless self-promoter.
Mimi Schwinn Female (Mezzo-Soprano) An aging single parent, Gordon’s mother, Mimi still holds her son as close as he will allow. He doesn’t seem to need her as much as she needs him though. Abandoned by her husband when Gordon was a kid, she presents herself as an extremely upbeat and positive person though she is terrified of losing Gordon.
Roger-Delli-Bovi Male (Baritone) Gordon’s charming lover and partner, Roger remains calm, patient and self-less even as Gordon speaks to him rudely, questions his loyalty and pushes him away. Despite all of this, Roger loves Gordon without reservation or doubt.