The Big Voice: God or Merman? at Actors Temple Theatre
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“Triumphant! A Hilarious and Utterly Enthralling Evening of Musical Theater!” —New York Times
“Funny, Touching and Warmly Endearing” —Variety
“Fantastic Theater. People Will Rave. High on the LOL Meter with Laughs and Heart to Spare.” —The Village Voice
“Potent and provocative” —The Chicago Tribune
L.A. Stage Ovation Award for Best Musical, Intimate Theatre (2005)
Written and performed by Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin, The Big Voice traces the couple’s meeting aboard a ship on the Atlantic Ocean, Steve’s struggle with AIDS, the production of their hit off-broadway musical The Last Session, their separation and their reconciliation. Jim and Steve musicalize their relationship and hilariously prove that showbiz is as much a calling as the priesthood.
The Big Voice: God or Merman? is presented by Murphy Cross & Paul Kreppel and Edmund Gaynes, and directed by Anthony Barnao (Come Back Little Sheba, Lovers and Other Strangers).
The Big Voice was born on August 12, 2002, in a fully produced “staged reading” at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. It then opened at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood on September 12, 2002, for a three-week workshop at the Blue Sphere Alliance (Lex Theatre in Hollywood). The show then transferred to the Zephyr Theatre in October 2003 and was extended three times, garnering rave reviews and awards, among them the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Score of 2002 plus nominations by the Theatre LA Ovation Awards for Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical: Jim Brochu. Following another workshop run at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY, The Big Voice then attracted the attention of the prestigious Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas. That led to a run at the Trinity River Arts Center in Dallas.
Encouraged by the rave reviews from each city, Jim and Steve brought The Big Voice to Chicago in March 2004, adding the new song, “How Do You Fall Back In Love,” and the piece was complete. After Chicago, they played to sold out houses in Omaha for SNAP! Productions.
The New York debut occurred at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in Sept. 2004 and has led to a nomination as Outstanding Off-Off-Broadway Production by the 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (even though the show only ran for six performances). This was followed by an extended run in Los Angeles in spring 2005, which won Best Musical – Intimate Theatre from the L.A. Ovation Awards.
Jim Brochu (Book, Additional Lyrics, “Jim”) comes back to NYC directly from his critically acclaimed portrayal of Zero Mostel in his play, Zero Hour. He was nominated for the L.A. Stage Ovation Award for Best Actor and as a playwright, he received a nomination for Best Play of 2006. Off-Broadway: Robert Lowell’s Endicott And The Red Cross (American Place Theatre), Ephraim Kishon’s Unfair To Goliath (Cherry Lane), Avery Korman’s Skye (Lincoln Center), Don Pippin’s The Contrast (Theatre East) and Frank Loesser’s Greenwillow (Equity Library Theatre). TV: All My Children, The Young And The Restless, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and NBC’s Sirota’s Court. His acting career has taken him to regional stages all over the United States. He has written the plays The Lucky O’Learys, Fat Chance, The Lady Of The House and the off-Broadway hit musical The Last Session, which he also directed, and for which he received Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Nominations.
Steve Schalchlin (Composer, Lyricist, “Steve”) made his off-Broadway debut as composer/lyricist of the hit musical The Last Session, featuring Tony nominee Bob Stillman, which was nominated for Best Musical by the New York Drama League and the New York Outer Critics Circle, and which won Best Musical Score by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle. As a performer, Steve has been touring his entire life. He has been performing the role of “Gideon” to rave reviews in numerous companies of The Last Session. He is the recipient of the GLAAD Media Award and the PFLAG-LA Oscar Wilde Awards. A vocal selection book has been published in folio through Cherry Lane Music.