The Last Session
by Steve Schalchlin, Jim Brochu, Marie Cain
Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 2f
"Exquisite." - N.Y. Times.
"Very affecting.... Bright and funny." - N.Y. Post.
"Funny [with] charm and power." -N.Y. Daily News.
"The script is full of biting humor [and] the music is incredible.... Guaranteed to move you both musi…
Reviews"Exquisite." - N.Y. Times
"The best AIDS inspired song I’ve heard in the last fifteen years is Going It Alone which closes the first act of The Last Session. It’s a heartbreaking outcry in a heart-mending show. Jim Brochu has created a comedy-drama wrenched from deep places within himself. - Village Voice
"Very affecting.... Bright and funny." - N.Y. Post
"Funny [with] charm and power." - N.Y. Daily News
"The Last Sessionis screamingly funny, yet love is everywhere. Written from the heart, Schalchlin’s gospel tinged pop tunes exert a rare emotional pull and Brochu‘s story telling allows them to emerge realistically out of the action. Again and again, a fierce drive takes overtakes the tunes melodic strains. It’s life taking hold again - hope rising on powerful wings. Critics Choice. - Los Angeles Times
"The script is full of biting humor [and] the music is incredible.... Guaranteed to move you both musically and emotionally." -MTV Online.
"Stirs every emotion in your body." - Outlook Magazine
- Mild Adult Themes
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: 1996. One set. A recording studio in the basement of a home in Burbank, California. Can also be done on a bare stage with five microphones, three stools and a keyboard.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Folk
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
Vicki -- 40s-ish, attractive female with rock voice. Is now reduced to selling Mary Kay Cosmetics. Alto/mezzo.
Tryshia -- 40s-ish African American female with soul/gospel voice. Alto/mezzo.
Buddy -- Young 20s. Baptist evangelist singer. Innocent, sincere, sexy. Tenor. Modern gospel pop voice.
Jim -- Mostly unseen. Should be the same age as the other older characters. (Ideally, a bass/guitar player).
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
The lead character plays the keyboard, but the actor can fake that. It works best if the "producer" in the sound booth, Jim, plays guitar/bass.
Music Material Rental Packages
6 Piano/Vocal Scores
Best Musical Nomination - New York Drama League
Best Musical Nomination - Outer Critics Circle