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WATCH Steve's amazing perfomance at the World Domination Summit.
CELEBRATE WITH Jim & Steve at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Jan. 15.
At 7pm,SING ALONG with Steve Schalchlin and the Bonus Round Band performing TALES FROM THE BONUS ROUND, featuring Bill Goffi and Stephen Elkins. Plus, Jim and Steve singing "How Do You Fall Back In Love?"
At 8, POWER SCHMOOZE. (Jim knows everyone in show biz. You don't know who might show up).
Monday, December 26, 2011
I felt like I knew the lyric. All I had to do was remember that the “poles to the equator” bridge is first. Then, “forests of Westphalia,” second.
I performed it after the "Peace." That was Father Jeff’s idea, to do it right after the Peace instead of after the Gospel. And it was a perfect placement because the Peace is where everyone greets everyone else in the congregation and wishes them “peace.” So, it’s a more informal moment.
I have always been a bit uncomfortable when the congregation applauds after the song when it's placed before the sermon.
Another moment that was strange was when we were singing “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” The choir was just perfect. Then, they said for the congregation to sing it on their own -- and, almost nothing. It was either too early or they were just listening -- which could be the case, given how good this choir is.
So, when it was time for the Peace, everyone from the choir went into the house and all the congregants stood up and greeted each other. I drifted over to the piano, Fr. Jeff announced me -- “our resident composer, Steve Schalchlin.”
And, given the warm informality of the moment, I felt like I could really be myself. Before, the Gospel was read and I was between the Gospel and the sermon. A very sacred moment, really.
But this, everyone was calming down, talking to each other, having a little fun, and I said, “This is from a children’s musical I wrote, and it has a little sing-along. So, sing this...”
I stumbled a bit at the opening since I hadn't planned on singing this song -- and it has a LOT of words, but I survived...
Sunday, December 25, 2011
I have a feeling a lot of parents are gonna need that booth after two weeks of holiday.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
But those early shows were previews. It's the place you figure out what's not working. A large budgeted show would have a much longer time to work out all the kinks -- which is, of course, what this run will do. Jim got some great notices, but also got punched a little, mostly for not being mean enough or something.
Well, just stand back. I don't mean that Jim is going to let others direct him, but I know that the show they saw is not the show that will run forward. Really what they were witnessing is Jim finding Sheridan's beating heart. Why would a person do the horrific things he does?
Now they'll all start having some fun -- and it is a very fun show. I sit up behind everyone -- some seats are roped off because they can only allow 99 seats per performance.
What's great is that the people watching this play, even when they're not laughing out loud, they have huge grins on their faces, and their body language is forward and attentive. They are having a very good time.
But to get to this point, Jim is tired. I'm keeping him in all day, rested and warm. I took a lot of snapshots, so I'll post them over on Facebook, so the other cast members can tag themselves.
But here is a snapshot from the party, where they're all getting ready for the big cast portrait.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Stephen Bienskie live on stage in 1997 in the Original Off-Broadway performance of "Going It Alone."
Here is "The Group" in our TLS reunion concert a couple of years ago.
Kevin Wood rehearsing "Save Me A Seat".
The LA cast of The Last Session singing "When You Care".
Julie Reyburn singing "Going It Alone" for The Spirit of Broadway Awards, in Norwich, CT.
"Connected" is the first song I wrote about living with AIDS.