Carl Danielsen and Dale Radunz currently star in the work created by its original players, Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin. The musical, which had previously been seen in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Dallas, began previews Nov. 25, 2006, and officially opened Nov. 30. The musical will play its first regional stop Aug. 1-19 at The New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. Co-creators Brochu and Schalchlin will play the California run.
The Big Voice: God or Merman? concerns the relationship between Brochu and Schalchlin "and hilariously proves 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."
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.