On March 17 Carl Danielsen and Dale Radunz will succeed Big Voice creators Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin in the acclaimed production. In a statement Brochu said, "It has been so exciting and a dream of ours to bring The Big Voice to New York. The way the theatre community has embraced this show has been thrilling." Schalchlin added, "We enthusiastically welcome Carl and Dale to The Big Voice family, and know they will be an amazing success."
Directed by Anthony Barnao, the musical from the creators of The Last Session features scenic and lighting design by Clifton Taylor, costume design by Elizabeth Flores and sound design by David Gotwald. Producers are Murphy Cross, Paul Kreppel and Edmund Gaynes.
In The Big Voice: God or Merman? Brochu and Schalchlin, according to press notes, "musicalize their relationship and hilariously prove that showbiz is as much a calling as the priesthood. 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 biographical musical "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."
Carl J. Danielsen has been seen on the New York stage in Trolls, Picon Pie and King Lear. Dale Radunz was recently seen as Matthew in the Paper Mill production of A Wonderful Life. He was also seen Off-Broadway in Trolls.
The Big Voice currently plays Saturdays at 3 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Beginning March 31, show times will be Saturdays at 3 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Mondays at 8 PM. The Actors Temple Theatre is located in Manhattan at 339 West 47th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.