Showing posts from October, 2011

BroadwayWorld Announces Coleman & Shack

On BroadwayWorld Today.

COLEMAN & SHACK will debut at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street) Friday, November 11th at 9:15 pm. COLEMAN & SHACK are two-time Back Stage Vocalist of the Year Amy Coleman and GLAAD/Ovation Award-winning Steve Schalchlin (SHACK-lin), composer/lyricist of Off-Broadway's The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? as well as the song cycle New World Waking, a musical insurrection for peace.

The duo will perform songs from all three of Schalchlin's scores plus a few new songs written by both Coleman and Shack. Steve Schalchlin and Amy Coleman have joined forces to become COLEMAN & SHACK, a new show which not only revisits the music they're know for, but compares and contrasts their personal stories.

A "country preacher's kid," Steve Schalchlin is a longtime AIDS survivor who has extensively documented his odyssey of survival. His pioneering blog Living in the Bonus Round was established in 1996. Intended to be a…

Theatermania announces Coleman & Shack

New WTC Pic 10/30/11


NY at Dawn.


October Surprise.

It's snowing today.

Peccadillo/St. Clement's


"Meet & Greet" for "Man Who Came To Dinner".

Dan Wackerman, the artistic director of Peccadillo Theater Company warned all the cast members at the "meet and greet" today that if they wanted their friends and family to see "The Man Who Came To Dinner," they should tell them to get tickets IMMEDIATELY.

Because it's an Equity Showcase contract, there are limited seats and limited nights, as well as a limited number of days that this can run. An extension is possible on the next higher up contract, but with a cast of 24, it's very complex, economically. So, I'm warning you, reader, that if you plan to see this, get your ticket as quickly as you can. This classic American play -- even though it's one of the most produced plays in the world -- has only been done in New York three times. This is the fourth.

Yesterday, also, was the "table read," where everyone just read the play out loud for the first time -- and all I can say is that this is an incredible cast.

When I spoke with Chris Har…

I'm gonna judge Santa Claus Dec 12.

I will be the judge. Dec. 12, in the "Miracle on 34th Street, the musical," formerly known by the generic title "Here's Love". And guess who plays Santa Claus? Hint: He once played Zero Mostel and he's currently rehearsing as "The Man Who Came To Dinner."

Here's the letter I received from the director, Jacob Shoesmith Fox: Mr. Schalchlin,  I am the Director of the Actors Fund benefit performance of Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical (formerly titled Here's Love) starring Jim on December 12th, and I wanted to offer you the role of Judge Martin Group, a featured character in the second act. The judge feels compelled to see the trial that occurs in the second act to the end, despite the pressure he receives from all sides. He sings in the song "My State".  If interested we would also like you to appear in the final scene of Act 1 as Mr. Gimble, the owner of the rival department store. The benefit will be held at the St. Luke…

Sunday in New York

Today was the kind of spectacularly Fall, brisk, clear delicious coat-weather day that reminds me why I love living in this city.

I walked past the new purple-lit brand new Yotel which is in the "MiMA" building, where the street was just repaved. (Everyone hates that name. MiMA is for Mid-Manhattan). The name Clinton failed, too. Forever, it will be Hell's kitchen.

Walked east on 42nd street to the subway. Not a lot of action on an early Sunday morning in Times Square. It's one of my favorite times to be walking around. Took the 1 train down to Christopher and made it to the Starbucks, which is becoming increasingly more crowded. The comfy chairs were already claimed.

I had a great conversation with a member of the choir who told me he grew up Roman Catholic, but was hired to sing for Jewish services, and had actually converted to Judaism. I told him my stories of singing for Jewish congregations, and how I am of the opinion that they are the same religion, but just…

It's Official: Jim Brochu in The Man Who Came To Dinner


Sondheim Unplugged (with Jim and Steve) Oct. 30

Here's the official press release:

The 2011 Bistro Award-winning cabaret series SONDHEIM ...UnPlugged
The worlds of Broadway & Cabaret unite to present treasures from Broadway’s most beloved composer, accompanied by piano only!

CLOSING NOTICE! Following an unprecedented seventeen month run, Sondheim Unplugged will close on Monday, November 28
Come help us celebrate our final two performances: Sunday, Oct 30 @ 7pm Monday, Nov 28 @ 7pm Featuring (on Oct 30): Christina Bianco, Jim Brochu, Joshua Cruz,  Steven Harrison, Hunter Herdlicka, Julie Reyburn, Steve Schalchlin, Lucia Spina & Stephen Wallem with special guest... The original Jenny in Company, & the original  Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, TERI RALSTON Hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond Musical Direction by Mark Hartman “Sondheim Unplugged is creating something entirely new and worthwhile.  It has, in fact, given us a hat, where there never was a hat.” - The Wall Street Journal Following eighteen sold out shows, the hit cab…

Pics of #ows in Times Square.


New Poster Idea for Coleman & Shack.


New Photo: Coleman & Shack

Finally, Amy and I take a publicity photo. Click to make larger.

Leading "Ex-Gay" Makes Stunning Admission.

"I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual." He's not the first to finally tell the truth of these so-called "change ministries," which have been wreaking havoc in the lives (and pocketbooks) of GLBT persons for decades. But to come from someone this prominent is meaningful, reminding me of when the head of Exodus International in England made the exact same admission.

Reported by Wayne Besen, who refuses to let these untruths lie unchallenged.

John Smid’s Stunning AdmissionPosted October 12th, 2011 by Wayne Besen(Weekly Column)For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous “ex-gay” ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay.  The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering. Of all the “ex-gay” ministries this was the most cult-like – with Smid keeping tight control over…

Middle of the Night Report.

Actually, it's the middle of the morning. I couldn't sleep because a song I've written for Coleman & Shack, the little concert series we've been asked to perform, has taken possession of me and I must rewrite again.


(I guess I'm now Shack. But I should probably spell it with a number. Well, we did it because Amy wants to step away from her "Flamin' Amy" past; like a legit actress hiding her porno days. And my last name is impossible. People have called me "Shack" all my life, anyway. Usually Steve, but I like Shack. It's great on a basketball court. "Hey, Shack! You the kid who likes giving massages to the team?" And it's friendly sounding, and kinda country, which, at heart, is really what I am.).

Problem is that everyone in my family gets called Shack at some point or other by friends. So, I cannot claim it exclusively. One of my brothers sings, so he can be Shack too, if he wants.


This song …

Going It Alone - Rehearsal with Amy Coleman

Amy finally gets to sing "Going It Alone."

Caregiver Village, a new social media site.

I received an email promoting a new social media website for caregivers called "Caregiver Village." It's based on the fact that caregivers need downtime. They also need contact with other caregivers.

Many, for their downtime, play games because they require the least amount of effort. You don't have to think. You push a button and it's there for you.

So, the "village" is based on a game that everyone plays complete with avatars and a virtual world, and which has plot-lines that will be extended and written as you follow different characters in the game, all of whom are part of a support group.

A virtual soap opera game.

But while you play the game, you begin to meet other people who are also playing the game. Send messages to each other. Make comments on the behavior of the people in the game. Connect to other caregivers through a story and puzzle related directly to what it feels like to be chained to another human being (or beings) -- a chain that exis…

Secrets of Success - Radiolab

Lefsetz recommended this Malcolm Gladwell discussion on "genius" and "talent" shows, and the 19th century "myth" of "talent," that it's some innate magical force, on RadioLab.
Secrets of Success - Radiolab

RESCUE and the Blessing of the Animals.

If you like this song, a brand new studio recording, produced by Peter Link, is now available for download, along with the sheet music. You will find it here at the website. (And thanks to Jake and Fr. Jeff).

Happy Birthday to Me!