Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu, creators of The Last Session, are paired again on The Big Voice: God or Merman?, a semi-autobiographical musical piece which stars both men. Sept. 12-29, they will workshop the new project at Los Angeles' Lex Theatre with all twelve performances open to the public.
A musical comedy, The Big Voice is about two men from different backgrounds who decide to test God, but find musical theatre legend Ethel Merman at the end of their spiritual search. The Last Session also dealt with religion in musical form, as the story of an ex-rock musician who wants to record one last disc's worth of songs before he dies of AIDS unfolds against the evolving prejudices of one of his hired singers, a confused young Christian.
The Blue Sphere Alliance will sponsor the workshop. Anthony Barnao directs.
Tickets are $15. The Lex Theatre is located at 6760 Lexington Avenue in Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 957-5782. The Big Voice is on the web at http://www.thebigvoice.com.
– By Christine Ehren