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Players to perform 'A New Brain,' March 8-16

The Princeton University Players will present "A New Brain," a musical based on the life of composer William Finn, on Thursday through Saturday, March 8-10, and Wednesday through Friday, March 14-16. The show begins at 8 each evening in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

"A New Brain" is a wry comedy about struggling composer Gordon Schwinn, who aspires to work on Broadway but is stuck writing less-than-inspiring music for a children's television entertainer. When Schwinn is confronted with a terminal illness, he learns how to appreciate life and to find comfort in the healing power of art.

The musical is loosely based on composer Finn's experience of being diagnosed with brain cancer. Finn wrote the music and lyrics as well as co-wrote the book with James Lapine.

The University student production is directed by junior Doug Lavanture and features freshman Jonathan Schwartz in the lead role. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $8 for students. They can be purchased online through University Ticketing or by calling (609) 258-1742.

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