BRIEF BLOG INTRO: I'm a man on a mission to convince you that music is a Super Power, and that life is worth living, no matter how many obstacles are placed in your way. And that you can accomplish great things if you just push ahead and don't let anyone tell you no.
I'm a singer/songwriter and actor from Texas who is "Living in the Bonus Round" in New York City-- having cheated death from AIDS. (In a game show, the Bonus Round is where time speeds up and the prizes are better.) Accepting my death changed me. Now, I'm consuming life as quickly and as fully as I can, while still taking time to breathe and appreciate every single day as an utter miracle.
In 2013, I turned 60 and I created a set of goals, all of which came true, including composing -- and performing in -- a Mass, recording a solo album (selling 10s of copies), headlining to a sold out house at a major night club in New York City (while getting great reviews). Now I'm out to redefine theater and cabaret. I update a few times a month these days, and I don't spam. So it's easier to keep up with me by following by Email. When this blog began, it was to track my death. I'm told it was the first AIDS blog. You can start at the gruesome beginning if you want. Or just jump in and maybe we can learn some life lessons together. Welcome to the Bonus Round. I'm Steve [SHACK-lin] and we're just getting started.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Jim did the painting auction himself today following the performance because Steve was not able to be at the theatre today. Unfortunately no one seemed to bid for the painting which surprised all of us so Jim thanked the audience and went off stage. As the audience was leaving a woman came out and said that she was interested in purchasing the painting although she had not spoken up quick enough so I asked her to wait there and I went down to get tell Jim. He came up a few minutes later to sign the painting. That woman paid $250 for the painting and then we sold another one from a previous performance for $20. We collected $61.75 in the BC/EFA bucket from audience members leaving the theatre. This brings our grand total to $3745.48. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in helping us achieve this incredible accomplishment in fundraising.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Don Myers Stage Manager Report:
Today’s painting was auctioned off for $90 and we collected $42 in the BC/EFA bucket from audience members leaving the theatre. This brings our grand total to $3065.73.
Every year, the Broadway community holds, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a big "Easter Bonnet Competition," which is the culmination of several weeks of fundraising. You've been reading about it here on this blog, as I've posted photos of the people who've bought paintings from Zero Hour.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
From now on Jim Brochu will be remembered for his vivid, spot-on impersonation of the irresistible, irascible, legendary, and famously volatile comic actor Zero Mostel in his one-man play Zero Hour.
Brochu gives the performance of his lifetime, one of the best ever, On or Off, in this vastly entertainly play that's a must-see for theaterlovers.
Following its acclaimed run Off Bway,Zero Hour is now at the DR2 Theatre [103 East 15th Street, east of Park Avenue South]. .
The play is 90 minutes of edge-of-the-seat explosive theater.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday matinee:The post show painting auction was amazing today we had two people bidding against each other for the painting. It was finally auctioned off at $95. The woman that won the auction also bought another painting from a previous performance for another $50. We collected $94 in the BC/EFA bucket from audience members leaving the theatre. This brings our grand total to $2430.02.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Posted by SteveSchalch
It never occurred to me that I was in something that should be labeled as a "struggle." The struggle I've had has been with the church, acknowledging me as a human being, trying to live the spiritual life that I've been called to, in whatever ramshackled, broken, frustrated way that I've always approached my faith.
I'm glad I can sing in churches again. People of faith seem to get something from my music. But so do people of unfaith, and that's perfectly all right with me. Frankly, I don't see any difference. People is people is people.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
An annual cabaret, raising money for St. Clement's Church's partication in the Pride parade - any money left over goes towards St. Clement's other ministries.
Hosted by Sidney Myer - Accompanist: Darryl Curry
$30 ticket includes all you can eat, all you can drink (beer, wine and a specialty pitcher cocktail TBA), and an evening of entertainment by some of New York City's most FABULOUS performers:
Steve Schalchlin, Bill Goffi, Barbara Purdy-Guess, Jennifer Wren, Allison Rae Kane, Jessica Pruett-Barnett, Lenore Manzella and John Fitzgerald
See http://www.stclementsnyc.org and click on Events
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
From Don Myers:
Great show tonight. The audience response was great and Jim received a standing ovation during the curtain call.
We had a theatre party group in the house tonight. After the performance and the painting auction, Steve hosted the talkback. Jim came back to the stage after changing to his street clothes and they both did a 20 minute talkback with the audience.
Tonight’s post performance auction of the painting went for $45. We also received a check in the amount of $55 for a signed painting that someone ordered over the internet and we collected $64 in the BC/EFA bucket from audience members leaving the theatre. This brings our grand total to $1401.28
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
[Ed Gaynes'] concert version of Promenade plays next Monday night at New World Stages. His director Pamela Hall has assembled quite a cast to do it, too: Loni Ackerman, Jim Brochu, Gene Castle, Brian Childers, Tim Ewing, Victoria Mallory, Andrea McArdle, Dale Radunz, Virginia Seidel, Neva Small, Ron Spivak, and Haviland Stillwell.
The show originally opened on June 4, 1969 to terrific reviews, headed by Clive Barnes’ Times notice: “If you want my advice, go to the box office … as soon as practicable.”
“Then,” says Gaynes, “on our very first Saturday, Madeline Kahn called in that morning and said that she was sick and just couldn’t do either show. Now at that point, we didn’t have any understudies, and because of the great reviews, we were sold out with lines going around the corner. What were we going to do? We had two shows to do, and two more on Sunday.”
He emits a little laugh before he starts the unlikely story. “So our stage manager Larry Whitely took over and assigned Madeline’s songs and dialogue to other people in the cast. It was the equivalent of Oklahoma! with Aunt Eller singing ‘People Will Say We’re in Love’ and Jud singing ‘The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.’
We had a large theatre party group in the house tonight. After the performance and the painting auction, Steve hosted the talkback. Jim came back to the stage after changing to his street cloths and they both did a 20 minute talkback with the audience.And I forgot to have the camera there to take more pictures. Ack!
Tonight’s painting went for $100 in the onstage auction. We also sold another 3 painting for a total of $217 dollars in paintings and we collected $128 in the BC/EFA bucket from audience members leaving the theatre. This brings our grand total to $1084.28
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
ACTIVIST: The Times of Vito Russo from Jeffrey Schwarz on Vimeo.
Jim being congratulated by Eward Albee and Terrence McNally, two of America's greatest playwrights, for his Helen Hayes win of Best Actor. And who won Best Actress? Cate Blanchett. Not bad company to be in at all.