The Spirit of Broadway has grown into one of the most sought after tickets in the professional theater community. Past guests have included Manhattan Association of Cabaret Artists award winners Julie Reyburn, Tom Andersen, Tim DiPasqua and Carolyn Montgomery, and recording artist, Kevin Wood. Other guests have included Tony Award and Pulitzer prize winner Sheldon Harnick, O’Neil Music Theater Conference Director Paulette Haupt, Broadway Veteran Madeline Guilford, former Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals, Sue Frost, and Mr. Jon Kimball, Artistic Director/Executive Producer of North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts.Well, I'm not the PRODUCER of Zero Hour. I'm just along for the ride, with the title of "artistic associate," which means making sure the star is being kept warm, happy and well fed -- my favorite job in the world.
Guest host for the evening will be the award-winning composer, lyricist and vocalist, Mr. Steve Schalchlin, who together with Jim Brochu, wrote the off-Broadway productions of The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman. He is currently the producer of Zero Hour which is playing at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Best Musical Score, L.A, Drama Critics Circle 1997 and 2003 and the Best Musical L.A. Ovation Award in 2005. He will be making a return visit to the Spirit Awards as the MC and to provide part of the evening’s entertainment.
It also means helping keep the Zero Hour website up to date, which is what I've just done, including new links to all the New York reviews. Speaking of which, we hear there's a big announcement coming from one of the major newspapers in the area next week.