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Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical -- Artwork

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Theatrical Gems presents Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical by Meredith Willson with Jim Brochu as Kris Kringle, plus Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Tony Yazbek & Rachel Resheff
(and yours truly, Steve Schalchlin, as the Judge).


A Few Pics from the Weekend Previews.

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The show has now played to full houses at three previews. Doing a classic 40s comedy like this takes precision and style, which can only really be discovered in front of audiences. So, a few little hiccups here and there aside, the cast is terrific, but now the real adjusting begins. It's just part of the process and it's arduous, but necessary.

Today is a day off, so I'm gonna keep Jim warm and pampered today. Next week, the critics begin to arrive.

TheaterMania Interviews Jim Brochu

http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/news/11-2011/jim-brochu-makes-a-dinner-date_45144.html

Jim is interviewed by TheaterMania.

TM: Do you have specific memories of this play?  JB: Well, I have another connection with The Man Who Came to Dinner. My mentor was David Burns, who played Banjo in the original production.

Thanksgiving Dinner with Friends.

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Rick and Ira made a gorgeous turkey, stuffing, and lots of extras. So, I ate until I popped.

My Thanksgiving Prayer -- Free Download from SFGMC

My Thanksgiving Prayer
In gratitude to all.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Yesterday, I took "unofficial" snapshots during the dress rehearsal of "The Man Who Came To Dinner" and it just feel holiday-ish. It's an absolutely gorgeous production. And the fact that it's in a tiny theater inside a church, you are right onstage in the middle of the action. Some of the best character actors in town are in this. Official opening is December 4. Tickets at The Peccadillo website.

Casting Complete for Meredith Willson's Miracle on 34th Street Benefit - Playbill.com

Olympia Concert Jan 27-28

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I will be appearing with The Righteous Mothers, a hilarious and wonderful band of singers and songwriters in Olympia, Washington on Jan. 27-28, 2012 at Traditions. (Here's the graphic I designed for our concert).


Actors Temple Benefit was a Triumph

Jim and I had a blast singing for the event last night. We did a medley from The Big Voice: God or Merman? and the response was overwhelming. All the other performers were begging me for sheet music.
I love when that happens.

Press release for Actors Temple Benefit.

BROADWAY & CABARET COMMUNITY SALUTE THE ACTORS
TEMPLE IN SECOND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!!!


The Best of Broadway & Cabaret will come out in support of the Actors Temple, (est. 1917) on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 7 PM. This theater district historic landmark (339 West 47th Street) has fallen on hard times in recent years & is in dire need of help. According to event producer, Randie Levine-Miller, "Part of the sanctuary ceiling fell down just after Yom Kippur. Thank God, no one was hurt. I said to our wonderful Rabbi, Jill Hausman that we should once again get the theatrical community to come out & do what they did for the temple last year -- so this has just become our second annual benefit!"

Performers generously donating their time & talent include: Brent Barrett, Anna Bergman, Jim Brochu, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John DeMarco, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Lampanelli, Sue Mathys, Sidney Myer, Jill O'Hara, Brad Oscar, Lee Roy Ream…

Broadway & Cabaret salute... The Actors Temple

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As you may know, Jim and I "opened" the Actors Temple, a historic temple in the Times Square area, as an Off-Broadway house with "The Big Voice: God or Merman?" We will be performing a medley of songs from Big Voice in tribute. And look at the other stars on the bill! If you know anything about the Broadway and Cabaret scenes, you will know these names. And if you don't, then just find a way in and be prepared.

It's THIS SUNDAY.

Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music | Billboard.biz

At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud storage service. The company showed off social features that allow purchased songs to be shared with friends, and it debuted a new platform for independent artists that allows them to sell music without a middleman.  But most notable aspect of Wednesday's announcement was the very fact that such a major company is now intimately involved in digital music and working with rights holders. "It's positive to see that level of investment coming into the music industry," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas tells Billboard.biz.  "The launch of Google's music service is a good thing, a very good thing," TuneCore CEO Jeff Price says via email. Price believes Google is helping shift the focus from the label to the artist. "The goal here is to allow artists to get heard, shared, discovered and paid. I am thrilled to have TuneCore be in a deal with Go…

I love his prescription at the end. Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin

The augmented reality of techno-magic: Marco Tempest on TED.com

REMINDER: Coleman & Shack, Fri. Nov. 11, Don't Tell Mama 9:15PM

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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 memoir of a dying man, …

I've Lost My Husband to Meredith Vieira.

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My friend Bud wrote:

Meredith loved Jimmy and hung onto to him every chance she got and what a big kiss !!!
It's true. She was a giddy school girl in love!








And the Raisin dance!





And he felt totally mortified that a question about a playwright stopped him.

He said on the way home, "I feel so stupid. Neil Simon wrote a play about Chekhov called 'The Good Doctor.' I knew this! And now I'm sitting here thinking about what they're going to say about me on All That Chat. I'll get crucified." I told him no he wouldn't. That people might poke at him and laugh a bit, but everyone knows that the tension of the moment -- in the spotlight -- drains the brain of all its blood.

He said, "It's truly like an out of body experience. The board with the questions is really big, and your brain doesn't quite take in what it's seeing. Not like a home."

Ah, but this question! Like Einstein forgetting how to do simple math. And it's a secret we&…

Photos: Coleman & Shack at Incognito Bistro

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Reminder: Friday Nov. 11th at Don't Tell Mama

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Rochester Diary.

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NOV. 4, 2011 FRIDAY
On the train back from Rochester

Amy and I are sitting in the coach class cabin and I can’t find my video camera, which I know I brought on board because I took some pictures using it. Dammit. Even went back to our seats -- we changed because there was no wifi on our car. Too bad, cuz there’s none here, either. Will post when I get home.

 We’ve just done three shows in Rochester and have met a guy named Eddie Urish, who was on staff at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, who directed the show. Eddie is from Peoria and had come to Rochester to work with Chris. We got him to help us with the show and he really brought it to life.

Amy and I began our journey last Monday at 1pm from Penn Station. I took the “magic” bus, the one that goes down 9th ave. and takes an eastbound turn on 34th st. I kept waiting for Amy and waiting for Amy, finally giving up when they called the train, only to find her already ahead of me in line. The 6-hour trip up was nice and relaxing -- a…

Our New Graphic.

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On the way in from Rochester, I put this together with photos taken during our performances by Van Meter Photography.


More Coleman & Shack photos from Rochester.

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PHOTOS: Coleman & Shack in Rochester

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Brent Barrett, Steve Schalchlin, Lisa Lampanelli, Jill O'Hara, Brad Oscar Set for Actors Temple Benefit - Playbill.com

Brent Barrett, Jim Brochu, Steve Schalchlin, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Lampanelli, Jill O'Hara, Brad Oscar Set for Actors Temple Benefit - Playbill.com
The Nov. 20 concert, which will be held at the Actors Temple, is currently scheduled to feature the talents of Brent Barrett, Anna Bergman, Jim Brochu, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John De Marco, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Lampanelli, Sue Mathys, Sidney Myer, Jill O'Hara, Brad Oscar, Lee Roy Reams, Steve Schalchlin and Rena Strober. Show time is 7 PM.A host of Broadway and cabaret talent will join forces for an upcoming musical celebration to benefit the Actors Temple.