Photo Flash: ZERO HOUR Star Jim Brochu Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell
Jim Brochu, currently starring as theatre legend Zero Mostel in the critically acclaimed play "ZERO HOUR," was special host for the March 15th closing bell at NASDAQ MarketSite. The ceremony was broadcast live on the 7-story-tall NASDAQ Tower looming over Times Square at Broadway & 43rd Street."ZERO HOUR" recently reopened at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street) following a sold-out limited engagement at Theatre at St. Clement's.Three-time Academy Award nominee Piper Laurie directs Jim Brochu's "ZERO HOUR," which was originally produced in Los Angeles, winning the Ovation Award for Best New Play. "ZERO HOUR" recently received two Helen Hayes Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Non-Resident Production.
"ZERO HOUR" is set at Zero Mostel's West 28th Street painting studio where a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile actor, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and juicy backstage lore. It is July 1977 and the actor is giving his final interview before leaving for the pre-Broadway tryout of "The Merchant" in Philadelphia. Mostel only played one performance as Shylock before his sudden death at the age of 62. "ZERO HOUR" traces Mostel's early days growing up on the Lower East Side as the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrant parents, through his rise as a stand-up comedian, from the Borscht Belt to Manhattan's most exclusive supper clubs, and from the devastation of the blacklist to his greatest Broadway triumphs, most notably as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," and working through his love-hate relationship with Jerome Robbins."ZERO HOUR" is produced Off-Broadway by Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company.The playing schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday at 2PM, Thursday & Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2 & 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets: Telecharge.com 212-239-6200.For more information about "ZERO HOUR," visit www.ZeroHourShow.com.Photo credit: 2009, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Jim Brochu rings the bell