Brochu's Zero Hour to End Off-Broadway Run in January 2011

News   Brochu's Zero Hour to End Off-Broadway Run in January 2011 Jim Brochu's tribute to late stage legend Zero Mostel, Zero Hour, will play its final performance at Off-Broadway's Actors Temple Theatre Jan. 9, 2011.

Jim Brochu in Zero Hour
Jim Brochu in Zero Hour Photo by Stan Barouh

Performances began at the Actors Temple June 19 following previous engagements at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre and the Theatre at Saint Clement's.

Piper Laurie directs Brochu, who won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

"Set in theatre legend Zero Mostel's painting studio on West 28th Street," press notes state, "a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile artist, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and juicy backstage lore. Mostel is remembered for his comedic genius and his definitive roles, but in the 1950's he was equally known for his place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist."

Actor-writer Brochu previously stated, "Zero had a great influence on my life and I was fortunate to get to know him when I was first starting out. His life was filled with great laughter, great drama and great life lessons for all of us. He considered himself primarily an artist who took acting jobs to support his painting. I can think of no other person in show business who had more obstacles to overcome than Zero Mostel. He grew up poor. He survived the blacklist. A bus accident almost took his leg off. But he fought and survived, and then went on to win three Tony Awards."

With partner/composer Steve Schalchlin, Brochu penned the award-winning musicals The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? In addition to his theatrical work, Brochu's acting credits also include appearances on "All My Children," "Mary Hartman," "Cheers," "Wings" and "Bram and Alice." Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes produce in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company.

Mostel earned Tony Awards for his performances in Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Rhinoceros and was also nominated for Ulysses in Nighttown. His film credits include "The Front," "Mastermind," "Journey Into Fear," "Fore Play," "Rhinoceros," "Marco," "Once Upon a Scoundrel," "The Hot Rock," "The Great Bank Robbery," "The Producers," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "DuBarry Was a Lady."

The playing schedule at the Actors Temple Theater (339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) is Wednesdays at 3 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. For tickets visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit ZeroHourShow.com.

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