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Love as Salvation

Tucson Weekly : Arts : Love as Salvation


PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2007:

Love as Salvation

Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin share their hilarious and touching story at Invisible Theatre

By JAMES REEL
Jim Brochu and James Schalchlin in "The Big Voice: God or Merman?"
Now, here's a real odd couple. Jim is an extroverted Brooklyn Catholic who, as a boy, dreamed of becoming pope, mainly because he liked the clothes. Steve is an introverted Arkansas Baptist who, as a boy, toyed with the idea of evangelism until he learned that queers aren't welcome at the seminary, even if they never stray far from the closet.

Jim grew up going to Broadway shows starring the likes of Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh. Steve once saw a dinner-theater production featuring Bob Crane.

Jim and Steve meet on a cruise--in the Bermuda Triangle, aboard the sister ship of the Andrea Doria. Surely, the relationship has about as much of a chance of success as Ethel Merman did when she tried to sing quietly.

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'The Big Voice' speaks volumes to audiences - WildLife

'The Big Voice' speaks volumes to audiences - WildLife

'The Big Voice' speaks volumes to audiences
play review
By: Elizabeth M. Holder
Posted: 9/27/07
It's amazing how you can find someone, that significant other, in the most unlikely of circumstances. Who could have known that a Roman Catholic boy from Brooklyn and a Baptist boy from Arkansas would one day meet on a cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean?

Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin never anticipated their chance meeting, their eventual life partnership and the creation of "The Big Voice: God or Merman?" But now they definitely have an inspirational life together and an astounding show that everyone should see in Tucson while they still can.

Where some two-person shows may feature one actor and use the other to play a supporting role, this musical equally showcases two talented actors and their unique life experiences.
"The Big Voice"
Invisible Theatre
5 stars!!!
Through Oct. 7
1400 N. First Ave.


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