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The Big Voice Plays Off-Broadway; Changes Schedule

Murphy CrossPaul Kreppel and Edmund Gaynes present The Big Voice: God or Merman?, a new musical written and performed by Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin

The acclaimed show continues to play at The Actors Temple Theatre (339 W. 47th Street).

In The Big Voice, "Jim and Steve 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," press notes state.

The Big Voice "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 musical has toured the country extensively playing such cities as: Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas. The show was performed at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2005.

The Big Voice is directed by Anthony Barnao (Come Back Little Sheba, Lovers and Other Strangers). Scenic and lighting design is by Clifton Taylor (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Hot Feet, Frozen), costume design is by Elizabeth Flores and sound design is by David Gotwald (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Angela Lansbury - A Celebration).

"After touring the country, we are so thrilled to bring The Big Voice to New York audiences," said writer/performer Jim Brochu. "Our story is filled with ups and downs, tragedy and hilarity, but is one that anyone - gay, straight, male or female - can relate to. If your religion is entertainment, this is the show for you."

The performance schedule is now: Tues.-Thurs. at 8:00PM; Wed. at 3:00PM; Sat. at 3:00PM and 8:00PM; and Sun. at 3:00PM and 7:00PM.

Visit www.thebigvoice.com for tickets and more information.


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