West Coast Jewish Theatre presented the World Premiere of "Zero Hour", written by and starring Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel, and directed by Paul Kreppel. It opened at the Egyptian Arena Theatre in Hollywood on July 7 and closed on August 27, 2006.
Jim Brochu created a larger-than-life Zero Mostel in this hilarious, poignant and dramatic look at one of the greatest performing artists the world has known. Zero originated roles in many famous productions including Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof", Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", and Max Bialystock in the classic film "The Producers".
Jim's acting career has taken him to regional stages all over the United States. Plays he wrote have included "The Lucky O’Learys" with Helen Hunt and Kathleen Freeman, "The Lady Of The House" with Rue McClanahan, and the off-Broadway smash-hit musical "The Last Session", which he also directed. His recent performance in Los Angeles in his original musical play "The Big Voice - God or Merman?", (with composer-partner Steve Schalchlin) won the second of two coveted Ovation Awards from the LA Stage Alliance. Recently, Jim Brochu’s caricature was hung on the wall of Sardi’s Restaurant in New York, a singular tribute to a thirty-year show business career as an actor, writer, director and producer.
Director Paul Kreppel has many New York and Regional Theatre credits. He most recently directed the critically acclaimed "The Two and Only" at the Colony Theatre and is preparing that show for a Broadway opening in the Fall at the Helen Hayes Theatre.