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Last Weekend at St. Clement's.

Don't forget that THIS Sunday morning, I'll be singing what we're calling "a musical sermon" as part of the Sunday morning worship service, performing much of New World Waking. Jeramy Peay and John Fitzgerald will be joining me. Starts at 11am. Everyone welcome.

Last three performances at St. Clement's and the houses this week have been filled with laughing, applauding, cheering people who are giving Jim the ride of his life. It's just so wonderful to experience.

But, as sad as we are to be leaving this wonderful historic building, we're equally thrilled that Jim will get a couple of weeks off, then he's back at it again on Feb 24. So, if you have a chance to see him here, do come. If not, we'll see you at the DR2!

I'm being quoted at Bryn Mawr.

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Occasionally, I ruminate on the meta subject of online blogs and diaries. I get to do this because I got there early, and have stayed longer than just about anyone. One of the great things about being first at something is that no one can come in later and pre-date you. My longevity pioneer status is something I get to retain by just staying alive.

Today, someone directed me to this site. I believe that it's notes on a class about literary styles, specifically blogging and online diaries -- and a quote of mine is at the top of the page:

"It's like a real life serial, being played out before your eyes
with the author making it up as he goes along." --Steve Schalchlin
I think I remember saying that. It was from the early days, when writing a diary on the net was new, and people couldn't quite figure out what it was for, or what it meant to do something like this.

And look at these notes:
main point: confounds traditional distinctions between public and private
entails re…

A Tragedy On Our Block.

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I've been having a bit of soreness in my left knee, which is not good for walking up and down stairs, something we do a lot here. So, a few days ago, Saturday or Sunday because it was a matinee day, I decided to go look for a walking stick. A cane.

Don told me there might be one at the St. Clement's second hand store around the corner, or at an old watch repair/pawn shop on 43rd.

I left St. Clement's walking west toward 10 ave.

A few blocks down I saw, on someone's stoop, two lighted candles and a spray of flowers. I almost took a picture of it, but something told me not to. I don't know why.

Then, Tuesday night, Dan Wackerman, one of our associate producers, told me that there had been a murder on the block. I think I even saw something about it on one of the gay blogs. But still, with everything going on with the show, it wasn't registering with me.

Then, yesterday, I had sent a note to Rev. DeChamplain about the Sunday morning service, asking her what she wanted …

A Taping For Lincoln Center.

Last night was, literally, the most responsive and exciting performance of Zero Hour since the run started. And, thrillingly, it was the night that Lincoln Center came down to tape the show for its theater archive (an honor afforded only what they consider to be the most notable works of the season).

The audience not only laughed at all the insults, quips and jokes that dot the opening sequences (which establish Zero's personality), but the individual set pieces, which detail his history, each got lengthy applause, almost as if he had just finished singing a song.

This is very unusual. In my experience, every time you stick a camera in a live theater, the audience goes totally dead, as if they resent the intrusion. For instance, last week, we shot some B-roll. Audience? Quiet.

Maybe it's that New York audiences who really love theater are finally finding us after the very short time we've been running. Perhaps those who loved it before are coming again, knowing that the end o…

Time Out NY Praises the Zero Hour Extension

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More time for Zero HourPosted in Upstaged by Adam Feldman on January 27th, 2010 at 2:48 pm As one-man shows go, Jim Brochu’s Zero Hour is as traditional as they come: a tribute to a famous person—in this case, the great comic actor Zero Mostel, who died in 1977—in which the subject, near the end of his or her days, looks back at a life both well and nearly spent. Full Gallop, Thurgood, Tru, Occupant and many other plays have traveled this dramatic path before. But not every solo show need be an aesthetic innovator, and Brochu’s tribute to Mostel, directed by Piper Laurie, does exactly what it sets out to do: Brochu’s explosive performance makes the most of Mostel, and proves wildly engaging even as it educates the audience about the trials and triumphs of the outsize showman. We were swept up in Brochu’s merry wake when we reviewed the show in its current incarnation at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, where it closes on Sunday, January 31, and are delighted with the news this week that Z…

Zero Hour paintings raise $1,550 for U. of Rochester Theater Dept.

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Last night, an alumni group from the University of Rochester sponsored a live auction of the painting Jim created during the evening's performance of "Zero Hour" and raised $1,550 for the theater arts department.

The auction began and the painting was bid up to $800. The winner then donated the painting back where it fetched an additional $750 to the second highest bidder. Jim then took the painting from the previous night's performance and gave it to the first bidder, thus giving both a chance to take home an original Brochu/Mostel painting.

Each night, Jim paints an original painting during the live performance. Each one is carefully numbered and dated, then donated to charity. This sets a record for the most money collected during one of these auctions.

Sunday Morning.

This Sunday morning, as I mentioned, I'm going to be singing at the Sunday morning services at St. Clement's Church, doing about a half hour of songs from New World Waking. Trying to figure out how to compress the piece and yet still get the message across, I've chosen:

Prologue
Gabi's Song
War By Default (vocals by Jeramiah Peay)
I Enter This Battle Gravely (with John Fitzgerald)
Holy Dirt
Lazarus Come Out
William's Song
My Thanksgiving Prayer (with John Fitzgerald)
Epilogue
My Rising Up

And we're gonna try to sneak "Rescue" in there, too.

Service starts at 11am.

More Great News for Jim: Helen Hayes Award Nominations.

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The Washington DC Helen Hayes Awards are highly respected in the theater community. So, we are thrilled and honored to get two nominations today. Jim Brochu for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Non-Resident Production and "Zero Hour" for Outstanding Non-Resident Production.

When you look at the list, you can see what he's up against. All four of the other productions are from the Kennedy Center. They're huge, famous, first class touring productions of Broadway hits or international star productions. August: Osage County, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys and A Streetcar Named Desire (with Kate Blanchett).

That the nominating committee also found and nominated our little Theater J production is high praise and an even higher honor. Those productions cost millions and millions of dollars. Ours, uh, didn't.

That this news came on the same day as the news of our transfer to the DR2 Theater makes this a wonderful week, indeed. And it helps bring always-needed (free) publicity.

Announcement: I'll be Singing Parts of New World Waking this Sunday Morning at St. Clement's.

This Sunday morning, during the 11am worship service, I (with friends) will be performing selections -- about a half hour of music -- from New World Waking, my song cycle for peace based on John Lennon's Imagine piano, at St. Clement's Episcopal Church (on the set of Zero Hour). Joining me will be John Fitzgerald and Jeramiah Peay.

Stephen Schwartz in the dressing room the other night.

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After performances of Zero Hour, lots of people have been coming backstage to visit. One of them was Jack Aaron, an old actor who we always see at the Polish Tea Room, famous for an old Alka Seltzer ad.

After Stephen realized who he was, he came back to the room after visiting, went up to him and said, "You're Jack Aaron. I just wanted to tell you that many years ago I was an apprentice at this theater and you were very kind to me. I want to thank you for that. It meant a great deal to me."

I don't think Jack realized, at first, who was telling him this.

He said something like, "I'm trying to remember your face."

"I'm Stephen Schwartz and I was just an apprentice and you were very, very kind to me. I never forgot it, and it taught me a lesson. And I want to thank you."

It was really touching. Stephen was both sincere and humble in the exchange. And I thought people who are fans of his would enjoy hearing this.

Jim and Stephen posing:

Zero Hour is moving to the DR2 Theater in Union Square.

The headline, which I wasn't able to talk about, is that we have made a deal to go to the intimate, beautiful DR2 theater in Union Square. The past couple of weeks have been tense as the producer team searched for just the right space. The location is terrific. A little more downtown. It will give us a chance to continue to grow.

When you open in New York, you hope for a couple of things, the biggest one being some great reviews. The second one is word of mouth. (Third one being theater parties and groups. But, because theater parties go to bigger shows, especially during the holiday season, and St. Clement's has a lot of stairs and is not accessible.)

Word of mouth, according to Ed Gaynes, takes three months minimum for a new play. We started off back at the end of November with some awareness and a little curiosity about Zero Mostel, got our reviews, struggled a little during New Years, but now we're exploding. Houses are packed. The winter slump? Not here. I expect this …

TV Review: Caprica

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As much as I disliked Avatar for its inability to come up with any new ideas, Caprica, on the other hand, is LOADED with them. A prequel to Battlestar Galactica (BSG), it wades right into the middle of all the religio-philosophical arguments we saw in the earlier series, though the basic gimmick is the same one Avatar was after: pulling a person's consciousness into another body.

In this case, though, the underlying plot model is Frankenstein, not Pocahontas.

And also, unlike Avatar, this one is chock full of ideas and characters whose motivations one can only guess at as everything began to unfold, because they are complex instead of simple-minded.

Religiously, unlike Avatar's simplistic innocent native and magic tree v. mean ol' corporate militaristic greed template, we have a fully functioning modern world that kinda reflects ours, but where the religion of the day is polytheistic, and the underground "monotheists," who may or may not be the good guys, are also …

Jim is this week's Roar of the crowd Winner

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Rated: 3.8

out of 4 stars
Jim Brochu is Broadway Star Zero Mostel in Zero Hour
Theatre at St. Clement's (New York, NY)
Sunday, Jan. 24 @ 3:00pm
Tuesday, Jan. 26 @ 7:00pm
and 6 more dates.
Full Price: $55.00 Our Price:$27.50This week's New York winner is Zero Hour, starring Jim Brochu as stage and screen star Zero Mostel. Kathleen W. says, "Jim Brochu is funny, poignant, dramatic and most importantly, he is Zero Mostel." One member says, "Brochu is flawless in portraying the many emotional and intellectual facets of the volatile star." Another member says, "Well paced, poignant, dramatic, and funny. The performance was powerfully delivered."Learn More

The Prop 8 Trial Transcripts.

Though I've been focused on Zero Hour and making music here in New York, back in California, a little trial has been happening. Several sites have been keeping track. The one that's the most fun is Prop 8 Trial Tracker. They live blog the events, complete with comment section. Also, they appropriated the No on 8 logo as a parody, thus prompting a lawsuit, which has given them even more publicity.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is providing transcripts.

Yesterday, a boy testified about how his family forced him into "exgay" therapy in order to ungay him. And, as every professional psychological and psychiatric group will tell you, this is more than harmful, leading to severe depression and even suicide. Happily, he survived, but there are many more who do not.

NY1 Television Review of "Zero Hour."

Go here and watch the video!

Updated 5:00 AM Time Out Theater Review: "Zero Hour" By:David Cote - Time Out New York "Zero Hour" is an off-Broadway solo show dedicated to the life of theater and film great Zero Mostel. Time Out New York theater critic David Cote filed the following review.What a shame "The Producers" closed back in 2007. I’ve found the perfect actor to play Max Bialystock: Jim Brochu. He’s chubby, funny, and has killer comic timing. Okay, I admit this casting idea is a no-brainer. In "Zero Hour," Brochu does an uncanny impersonation of legendary comedian Zero Mostel, the original Max Bialystock.In this solo bioplay directed by Hollywood veteran Piper Laurie, writer and performer Brochu is freakishly convincing as the blustery, brilliant Mostel. It’s more than just the ridiculous comb-over, the bug eyes and the Tevye beard. Brochu seems to have captured the soul of the bombastic clown who could wring laughs out of an audience with a b…

Jim Brochu is Cited By Borough of Brooklyn.

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Jim gets a citation from the city of Brooklyn for his lifelong work in the theatre. Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President presents the award after a performance of "Zero Hour.

Here's the text of the citation.

Later in the dressing room, they pose again.

Letter to Pat Robertson from Satan.

Genius. Found it on one of my discussion boards.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
January 14, 2010
Letter to Editor by Lily Coyle
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/letters/81595442.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DUqEiaDUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Dear Pat Robertson,
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher.

The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or "Damn Yankees"?

If I had a thin…

Three Songs from The Last Session Reunion Concert.

I have three TLS songs and videos from the cast reunion we did on Jan. 13th as part of the Living in the Bonus Round 2010 concert. First, Amy Coleman singing "Somebody'
s Friend." I don't think she's ever been caught on tape doing this. And this night, she was on fire.



Then, Maisey, Amy and I sang "The Group."



Lastly, I have Stephen Bienskie and myself singing "Going It Alone."



Special thanks to Dan Koehler for taping a vocal track, which I combined with the live mic sound from the video camera. Jim is holding the camera.

SFGMC's Freedom Tour to Feature "William's Song" and "My Rising Up."

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Kathleen McGuire posted on her blog, about the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus:

CALIFORNIA FREEDOM TOUR BEGINS THIS MONTH!
The passage of Prop 8 showed that there is still a great deal of work to be done in our own backyard when it comes to acceptance of the LGBT community. The Chorus changes hearts and minds in places where our voices need to be heard. We believe that to accept us, you must know us. It is by telling our stories, and through our culture, that this happens. In 2010, SFGMC will embark on a tour of five California cities: Redding, Chico, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Tracy. The tour is in three trips with the first leg in Chico and Redding later this month; the second will take us to Fresno and Bakersfield in May. The final leg will be Tracy in July.

Approximately 100 chorus members will travel by bus to each destination. Funds are still being sought to underwrite the trip. If you feel inclined to make a contribution, please contact the SFGMC office: 415-865-3650; info@sfgmc.…

Sunday Morning Smile.

If you can't be charmed by Durante and Merman, you can't be charmed.

An Article Analyzing the Politics of Zero Hour.

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The Komisar Report.

In the thirties, he [Zero Mostel] was hired by the WPA (Works Progress Administration, for those who don’t’ know history) – along with such painters as Jackson Pollack and Moses Sawyer. Later, he gave art lectures filled with jokes. That led him in 1941 to appearances at the night club, CafĂ© Society, in Greenwich Village. He was wildly funny, on stage and off. He was manic. He got people helpless with laughter. Some of that comes through in Brochu’s performance. But most of the stage story is political. Zero was a Marxist. Brochu/Zero says that “Anybody with half a brain was, because of what was going on in Europe: fascism.”Jim Brochu, photo Stan Barouh That made him a target of the House Un-American Activities Committee’s crusade against free speech in 1955. “Are you a communist?” he was asked at a hearing. “Well, you certainly don’t beat around the borscht belt, do you? No, I am not a communist, ” Zero replied.“Are you in favor of the violent overthrow of the gov…

Podcast of Jim's interview with Playbill Radio.

Here is the link the the broadcast of Jim's interview on PLAYBILL RADIO

http://playbill.vo.llnwd.net/o15/podcasts/playbillradio-JimBrochu-podcast.mp3

Why I Wrote William's Song.

This is what Carolyn Wagner fought for, and why I wrote "William's Song."Justice Department Intervenes In Gay Rights Suit

by Ari Shapiro

January 15, 2010

For the first time in a decade, Justice Department lawyers have moved to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of a gay high school student who was beaten up for being effeminate.

The case marks a novel interpretation of the Title IX statute, which prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of gender.

Gay and lesbian groups see it as a bold statement about the Obama administration's priorities.

Brutal Harassment

The case centers around a 15-year-old named Jacob who lives in the town of Mohawk in upstate New York. His family requested that Jacob be identified only by his first name.

"He is one of the greatest, loving, timid kids you could meet," says Jacob's father, Robbie Sullivan, who does not share his son's last name. "I love him to death, and he doesn't give me a bit of problem at all.&…

Letter from Dan Wackerman, Artistic Director.

Dear Steve,

I just wanted to acknowledge your generosity to Saint Clement's Episcopal Church by organizing and performing in Living in the Bonus Round as a benefit for the church's Food Pantry and free Vet Clinic. In additional to thanking you, however, I wanted to say how impressed I was by your music, your skill as a singer and master of ceremonies and the quality of the talent you assembled for this event.

All of the music struck me as polished and professional, both as written and as performed by the ensemble. A few of the numbers I think I will remember for a very long time. Lazarus Come Out was an anthem of personal liberation with deep spiritual overtones as was My Thanksgiving Prayer, performed with the utmost tenderness by you and John Fitzgerald. How Do You Fall Back in Love?, sung by you and Jim Brochu, was simultaneously witty and poignant as it described the process of reuniting with an "ex."

But the songs from The Last Session really blew me away. How can…

What Sholom Aleichem Said To His Granddaughter.

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Last night, Jim went to the Paley to host a showing of an early TV broadcast of a play called "The World of Sholom Aleichem," the great Jewish humorist. (When he met Mark Twain, he said to Twain, "They call me the Yiddish Mark Twain." Twain responded, "They call me the American Sholom Aleichem.")

There, we met.. well, I'll let Jim tell the story:
Tonight, at The Paley Center event, I met an incredible woman who was at the filming of "The World of Sholom Aleichem, the film we intoduced. She became a writer like her grandfather and wrote the book, "Up The Down Staircase." When she was small, her grandfather would say, "If you hold my hand tighter, I will write better." Her grandfather was Sholom Aleichem, her name is Bel Kaufman and, oh yes, she is 99 years young.

From The Vicar.

Blog Entry For Steve
(from Rev. Mitties DeChamplain, vicar of St. Clement's)

Living in the Bonus Round 2010 to the Rescue!

On Wednesday night, I witnessed a remarkable and life-giving event. The sight and sound and sense of Steve Schalchlin’s music and lyrics—performed with his partner, Jim Brochu, and some of his brilliantly talented friends—filled the sanctuary theater at St. Clement’s with electricity, and from start to finish it was a sublime experience.

When Steve opened with his gripping song, “Connected,” I realized I was being drawn into holy union and relationship with everyone present—performers and audience alike.

The whole evening was a profoundly loving display of the truth in the opening song: It’s good to be connected with each other.

I am sure that Steve decided to open with that number in light of the fact that the Bonus Round concert, as it turned out, happened just a day after our sisters and brothers in Haiti were suffering terribly from the catastrophic earthquake t…

"When You Care" for Haiti Benefit.

I've been approached by a college student who very sweetly and humbly asked my permission for the use of "When You Care" for a benefit for Haiti. My answer is yes. And anyone else who wants to sing it, the answer is yes.

Wonderful New Review for Zero Hour.

From the Princeton-based US1.
Zero Hour is an informed, absorbing, highly entertaining one-person play written by and also starring Jim Brochu. It happily serves not only as a showcase for the actor but also as a delectably insightful homage to the great comic/dramatic actor Zero Mostel. It is often meant as a compliment to say that an actor has gotten the essence of the real-life character that he may be impersonating. It is with a particular, if almost uncanny, distinction that Brochu does much more than that — just short of bringing Mostel back to life.

Bonus Round 2010 Concert Triumphant.

I've asked some friends of mine to write up their thoughts about the Bonus Round concert last night. They haven't responded yet because it's too early, but for regular readers, I'll try to just do some bullet points.

First of all. The reunion of TLS members -- Amy Coleman, Stephen Bienskie and Michele Mais -- was a triumph of the first order. We sounded like we'd never been apart. It was thrilling to just be on that stage, but I think the moment that crystallized it was when Maisey, noting that the microphones were a bit too far apart, told everyone to pull together.

Suddenly, the verisimilitude of the event came together in a way that cannot be described. TLS is about a band reuniting. So, for us to reunite after 10 years and to bond and blend and blow the roof off while singing "When You Care" created a dynamic tension that can only happen when something is 10 years in the making.

Another moment was "Going It Alone."

I never got to perform this sh…

Gay Marriage Trial Happening in California.

I know it seems like forever, but only a short time ago, gay couples were allowed to marry in California until a bunch of right wing religious types, aided and abetted by a few rich churches, managed to spend millions of dollars scaring the population into amending the state constitution to take this right away.

So, now, there's a lawsuit happening even as we speak. You can follow it by live-blog here.

The suit is being brought by a conservative icon Ted Olson and liberal David Boies, here interviewed by Rachel Maddow. Do watch it.



Here is the opening statement. READ IT.

Jim streamed live today at Playbill Radio.

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Today, Playbill Radio will interview Jim. The live stream will be repeated throughout the week.

Wednesday, January 132:00 AMJim Brochu11:00 PMJim BrochuThursday, January 142:00 PMJim BrochuSaturday, January 1611:00 AMJim BrochuSunday, January 174:00 PMJim Brochu

It's Today!

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No reservations. No held seats. No admission charge except to pay what you can afford at the door.

But what a night!

The Best Compliment I've Ever Gotten.

On Sunday, I met, briefly, with John Fitzgerald, who will be singing "My Thanksgiving Prayer" with me on Wednesday. John is new to my music, so he was trying to describe it to a friend of his. He said to her -- and I'm going to put this into quotes but they aren't his exact words; I'm recreating them from memory, "I've been working with this amazing composer. His songs seem to start out conventionally, but somewhere in the middle, they kind of grab you and, by the end, you're completely overtaken. They seem to go somewhere unexpected."

His friend said, "I remember seeing a show a couple of years ago where the songs had that same effect. It was something about God and Merman."

Did you get that?

She recognized my songs, not from hearing them, but from merely hearing a description of them.

That might be the greatest compliment I've ever received, and I had to share it. She didn't even hear the song he was describing! She only heard th…

Jim on OUT-FM radio today.

Jim Brochu, author and star of "ZERO HOUR," Off-Broadway's newest hit, is set to do a live interview on WBAI Radio (99.5 FM) this Monday, January 11th at 11:30 a.m. Brochu will discuss the creation of the play as well as his acclaimed portrayal of theatre legend Zero Mostel with Marle Becker on the popular weekly talk show "Out-FM." The interview can also be heard live at www.wbai.org. Marle Becker is a co-founder of "Out-FM." He has also been on the advisory boards of the Beaux Arts Society and Gay Performances Company and is an advisor for the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards.

Diary: Meeting with Maisey.

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DIARY

SUNDAY JANUARY 10, 2010
8:24AM

17 years ago they said I had one year to live.

17 years in the bonus round.

I have rehearsal today at St. Clement's with Stephen Bienskie, who, in my estimation, is one of the most talented actor singers working today. He was in the original cast of THE LAST SESSION. It's hard to believe it's really happening, that we are getting together after all these years.

Yesterday, I met with Michele Mais. She had indicated last month that she wasn't sure she would remember the songs completely. She seemed almost apologetic. But, it's been at least 10 years. She needn't have worried. Without even referencing the sheet music, she remembered almost every word and note.

So did Amy Coleman yesterday.

Maisey and I talked about the exciting time she's having in the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. Jim and I saw the show back when it was in Los Angeles, when they were just beginning to see if audiences would respond to a big, dopey, fun, juke…

Zero News: Friars, Fallin & The Aggies.

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Lots of fun Zero happenings this past week.

First, Jim was caricatured by nationally recognized illustrator Ken Fallin at BroadwayWorld.com. The two previous caricatures were of Stephen Sondheim and, before that, Angela Lansbury. So, Jim is very honored.

Jim BrochuIllustration by Ken Fallin; www.kenfallin.com Jim got to make a presentation at the very prestigious Friars Club. There, he met and posed with one of Zero's friends, the 90-something year old, and still very cantankerous and hilarious Prof. Erwin Corey.



He and I was standing at the entrance to the restaurant, when he started telling me a joke about how it's better to be short than tall because, when you're 90 years old, you get more years per square inch.

Then, we got the word that Zero Hour was awarded by Ken Noh an Agnes Moorehead Award for excellence in theatre in the magazine Chelsea Now as one of the ten best live performances of the year.

“Zero Hour”: Jim Brochu gave a protean performance as protean Zero Mostel i…

Rehearsing with Jennifer Wren.

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Yesterday afternoon, I rehearsed with Jennifer Wren.

She's a stunningly beautiful woman, but even more, she sings with such passion and presence, you never want her to stop. I wish I had dragged out my video camera and just taped the rehearsal, but I didn't. Bringing in a camera makes rehearsing difficult because now it's not a rehearsal, but a performance, and sometimes you need to just rehearse.



When you hear her sing "Nobody Leaves New York" on Wednesday night -- hopefully, we'll be able to tape some of the show -- just be prepared. She will kill you.

While we were sitting there, we got to know each other a little better. Like me, she's been dealing with some awful health issues, which nearly took her down. But she seems indomitable. And when she applies all that life to my music, it almost feels like we were made for each other.

The thing about singing is that many people have great voices. In fact, in a town like New York, great voices are a dime a dozen…

BroadwayWorld Article on LITB 2010

From BroadwayWorld:The Theater at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street) will host LIVING IN THE BONUS ROUND 2010, a "pay what you can" benefit concert featuring GLAAD and LA Ovation Award-winning composer/lyricist Steve Schalchlin and Friends, including playwright/actor Jim Brochu (currently starring in the Off-Broadway hit Zero Hour), plus original cast members of their acclaimed Off-Broadway musical The Last Session - Stephen Bienskie, Amy Coleman and Michele Mais (currently on Broadway in Rock of Ages), as well as singers Jennifer Wren and John Fitzgerald, plus many more to be announced.The one-night-only event on Wednesday, January 13th at 7PM, will benefit St. Clement's weekly food pantry and monthly free veterinary clinic for low-income families in Hell's Kitchen. (Well-behaved pets are welcome at the concert.)LIVING IN THE BONUS ROUND 2010 will feature Schalchlin at the piano, along with special guests performing songs from Schalchlin & Brochu's cri…