The Big Voice: God or Merman?

by  Jim Brochu, Steve Schalchlin

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m

"Side-splitting! 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 …

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The Big Voice: God or Merman?

by  Jim Brochu Steve Schalchlin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, L.A. Ovation for Best Musical.
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Book by Jim Brochu, Music and Lyrics by Steve Schalchlin

In THE BIG VOICE, Jim and Steve have 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 and a Catholic from Brooklyn 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. It's a comedy about a 'gay marriage' between two men created by the couple themselves."

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Reviews

"Side-splitting! 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. – The New York Times

"The Big Voice" is unconventional and perhaps unlikely, but this story of a mismatched couple, musical comedy-style, is funny, touching and warmly endearing. –Variety

"Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin have made fantastic theater out of the drama of their lives. High on the LOL-meter. Laughs and heart to spare." –The Village Voice

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: One table, two chairs, one keyboard and a mirror ball.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Why?
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Holy Tour
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James Robertson
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The Closet
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Where is God?
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Beyond the Light
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Near You
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Christmastime
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Sometime When I Pray
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You Are a Stranger
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One New Hell
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How Do You Fall Back in Love?
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Sower and Scarecrow
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Casting

2m
Both characters sing. Both about 50 years old. Steve plays keyboard. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The character of "Steve" plays keyboard.

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Authors

Jim Brochu

Jim Brochu is the only actor in America to have won the New York Drama Desk Award, the Washington, DC Helen Hayes Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the South Florida Carbonell Award, all for Best Actor in a Play. He appeared on Broadway as Andrew McLaren in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and Len Cariou, i ...

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Steve Schalchlin

Steve Schalchlin

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