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Steve Schalchlin & Jim Brochu
Sunday, March 13, 2016 7:00 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • 2 Bev Min
 
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  • Ticket Price: $25.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 6:15 PM
  • Show Type: Cabaret
  • Restrictions: 2 Bev Min
Stephen Hanks Presents “New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits”
 
Partners on stage and off, singer-songwriter Steve Schalchlin and actor-singer Jim Brochu will present an evening of stories and songs from their Award-Winning Off-Broadway musicals The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Last Session and the 10th anniversary of Big Voice, Drama Desk winner Brochu and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle winner Schalchlin will talk about the creation of their musicals and present songs from both shows in “New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits” series at the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, March 13 at 7 pm. Produced by Stephen Hanks (and Associate Producer Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD), the event will feature original Last Session stars Michele Mais (Rock of Ages) and two-time Tony nominee, Bob Stillman. 
 
Presented in 1996 during a turning point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, The Last Session is a theater piece written by Schalchlin and Brochu as musical therapy to Steve's own AIDS diagnosis and subsequent battle on his deathbed. With seemingly no hope on the horizon, Steve survived when his name was picked in a nationwide lottery for a limited experimental drug. The brutal emotional honesty of the rock/folk/gospel songwriting won The Last Session a passionate following. The script presents moral and dramatic dilemmas, tackling such subjects as religious homophobia, politics, bullying, and violence against LGBT teens (fictional, but based on real life people and events from Schalchlin's life). The New York Drama League and the New York Outer Critics Circle nominated The Last Session as Best Musical. The subsequent Los Angeles production, produced by the Laguna Playhouse, received five Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Famed entertainment columnist Liz Smith called The Last Session: “A sleeper hit of a musical . . . Steve Schalchlin’s score is wonderful.” Elyse Sommer of Curtain Up wrote: “Funny! Enlightening! Enjoyable! Trust me, The Last Session is a life affirming musical.
 

 
After presenting staged readings and out-of-town productions between 2002-2006, Brochu and Schalchlin opened The Big Voice: God or Merman Off-Broadway at the Actor’s Temple Theatre, where the show ran for six months. Called a “Musical Comedy in Two Lives,” in The Big Voice Brochu and Schalchlin musicalized their long-term relationship and hilariously proved that theatre is as much a calling as the religion. This high energy, razzle-dazzle show chronicles the lives of a Baptist from Arkansas (Steve) and a Catholic from Brooklyn (Jim) who find eternal salvation in the temple of musical theatre. The show traces the couple's meeting aboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Steve's struggle with AIDS, the production of their hit Off-Broadway musical The Last Session, their separation, and their reconciliation. The New York Times called this multi-Award winning show: "Side-splitting! It’s a hilarious and utterly enthralling evening of musical theater. Marvel at the romantic sweep of their songs. Here art is achieved with light hands, and the result is a triumphant and very touching song of praise to everyday love and the funky glories of the show business life.”
 
NEW YORK CABARET’S GREATEST HITS is a monthly series presented at the Metropolitan Room. Producer and Host: Stephen Hanks, Cabaret Life Productions. Associate Producer: Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD. For more information, contact Stephen Hanks at stephenhanks41@gmail.com