Zero Hour's Jim Brochu Will Bring One-Man Show, Character Man, to the Metropolitan Room

By Andrew Gans
26 Dec 2013

Jim Brochu
Jim Brochu

Jim Brochu, who won a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Zero Hour, will offer his solo show in January 2014 at the Metropolitan Room.

Entitled Character Man, the performance is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 9 PM. Robert Bartley (creator/director of Broadway Backwards) directs.

Character Man, according to press notes, is "a salute to the great supporting players of Broadway, filled with hilarious backstage stories and touching personal recollections."

Written by Brochu, the show spotlights the work of Jack Gilford, Jackie Gleason, Robert Preston, Zero Mostel, George S. Irving, Cyril Ritchard, Barney Martin and Brochu’s own mentor, two-time Tony Award winner David Burns. Brochu's show also features the songs of Kander and Ebb, Bock and Harnick, Bricusse and Newley, Meredith Willson, Stephen Sondheim, Bob Merrill and Stephen Schwartz, among others. John Fischer is musical director.



Brochu, who will share photos and videos from his own collection during the evening, said in a previous statement, "There would be no Broadway without these guys who supported the great stars and got the laughs without getting the girl. I began my own career as a character man at a time when I got to know these men and learn from them. David Burns was like a second father to me and I grew up backstage hanging out with him and Phil Silvers, Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford and Charles Nelson Reilly. They were amazing, dear, funny men and I don’t want them to ever be forgotten."

Metropolitan Room is located at 34 W. 22nd St. There is a $25 cover charge and a two-beverage minimum. Call (212) 206-0440 for reservations.

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The performance will be preceded by Steve Schalchlin's Tales from The Bonus Round at 7 PM.