This delightful new comedy by Jim Brochu, the author of Cooking with Gus we know will appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences. A woman needs some ready cash right away because her apartment is about to be condo ed the hot new verb of the 80's. As she believes she is going to win the big lottery, she withdraws her life savings to buy tickets. Meanwhile her husband, who left her three years before, arrives back home on her birthday, the day of the lottery drawing. The woman's sister has also bought a lot of tickets. The husband has bought one for her and one for him. The women think the husband has won with his tickets; but, it turns out, the reason he is flush is that he is now financially successful. Actually, one of the women just may actually have the winning ticket!
Jim Brochu is the only actor in America to have won the New York Drama Desk Award, the Washington, DC Helen Hayes Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the South Florida Carbonell Award, all for Best Actor in a Play. He appeared on Broadway as Andrew McLaren in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and Len Cariou, in Washington, DC as Willy Clark opposite Theodore Bikel’s Al Lewis in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys and most recently as Sheridan Whiteside in the Off-Broadway revival of The Man Who Came To Dinner. Over the past few years, Mr. Brochu has been leading a double life – both as himself and as the great Zero Mostel in his multi-award winning play, Zero Hour, published by Samuel French. Since its premiere in 2006, Mr. Brochu has been touring the country with the show, garnering both unanimous critical raves and major theatrical honors. Prior to taking on Zero, Mr. Brochuwas in New York City starring in his Off-Broadway hit, The Big Voice: God or Merman? which he also wrote. The New York Times called this show, also published by Samuel French, a “Triumphant and side-splitting – a hilarious and utterly enthralling evening of musical theatre.” In 2005, Mr. Brochu was nominated again by the Los Angeles Ovation Awards as Best Actor in a Musical for The Big Voice, an honor he won from both the Palm Springs Desert Star Awards and the Valley Theatre League ADA Awards. The Big Voice was also given the Ovation Award as Best Musical, presented to him and composer-partner, Steve Schalchlin, by the legendary Jerry Herman. Mr. Brochu is an active member of the Dramatists Guild, the Screen Actors Guild, and Actors Equity Association and remains, as The New York Times called him, a true “Man Of The Theatre”. His caricature hangs on the wall of the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant in New York, a singular tribute to a forty year show business career as an actor and playwright. His other work as a writer and composer includes The Last Session and A Wonderul Worldful of Christmas (both in collaboration with Mr. Schalchlin), Cookin' with Gus, The Lady of the House, Fat Chance, and The Lucky O'Learys.
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