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"Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby kennans » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:00 pm

We're putting on Candye's autobiographical stage play in San Diego.

The play runs at the Moxie Theater, from January 15th thru February 6th, Thursday thru Sunday Matinee.

I play the role of "The Bass Player."

http://www.moxietheatre.com/toughestgirl

If successful, it could change the nature of touring for the band. Instead of one-nighters all over hell and back, we could settle into a city and do the play for weeks at a time!More like the circus.

Which totally makes sense.
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby kennans » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:16 am

Well, we're half way through our four week run, and the play is a huge success. There are two Broadway productions running in San Diego, but the Theater Critic's Guild has named us "Critic's Choice", so we're the show not to miss. The theater is small; 150 seats, and tickets have become hot property! I stepped into a different world doping this stage play, and it's dun blowed up!

This could be the future of the band; instead of a string of one night stands, we take up residency in a town and do the play for weeks. Weird. The success we've had means we can pull that off, and now movie people are sniffing around. Reviews have been generally good. This one is pretty glowing, plus they call me "30 year industry great"! Bwahaha!
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby harleyyy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:31 am

And what a story it is. [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby harleyyy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:14 am

kennans wrote: plus they call me "30 year industry great"! Bwahaha!


Trust me, they are right. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby Mr. Mom » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:59 am

That's freakin' GREAT!!!!

Kudos to whomever (whoever?) came up with the idea.

Sounds like a great gig. Congrats!
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby ghiadub » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:04 am

Awesome news Kennan. Sounds like a really cool gig/change from the norm.

Maybe you could toss some candy kanes out to the crowd ala Rocky Horror?
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby jshilgebass » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:20 pm

I just bought a ticket for this Friday night. Looking forward to a great show, and I'll keep the heckling to a minimum. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]


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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby kennans » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:38 pm

Cool, Joe! Make yourself known before taking off after the show!
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby nolabass » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:36 pm

Very cool gig! [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif] [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif] [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby steveonbass » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:16 am

Sounds like a very cool gig - Congrats!!
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby GonzoBass » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:10 am

This sounds like a great gig, Kennan!

kennans wrote:I play the role of "The Bass Player."

Heh, I had this role in "Hedwig".
Quite a stretch for us. No?
"...and I have to do is, act naturally."
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kennans wrote:If successful, it could change the nature of touring for the band. Instead of one-nighters all over hell and back, we could settle into a city and do the play for weeks at a time!

Long runs are nice,
not only because the show just keeps getting tighter and tighter
but I thought it was really kinda cool to show up for work and the gear's all still set up.
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby jshilgebass » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:14 pm

kennans wrote:Cool, Joe! Make yourself known before taking off after the show!

I'll try to wade through the throng of your many fawning fans at show's end and hook up for a bit...

Yea verily, by my shirt, ye shall know me:

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...uh, I won't be wearing that hat, or any hat for that matter. And I'll wear long pants...it's been cold out lately. And the ACG bass is staying home. And I won't be bringin' my own booze. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]


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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby jshilgebass » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:58 pm

Folks, if you ever get a chance to catch this show, do it... [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

I was very impressed with the play; Candye Kane has quite a life story, and she really brings it to light in this autobiographical cautionary tale. She learned about life and how to get through it, and after hearing her story I was inspired to learn more about my life and what I should be doing with it. All the actors in the play were great. I should talk about one of the actors in particular that really "stood out" by being effectively in the background. This was the character of "the bass player", and our very own Kennan Shaw played the part to perfection in his first appearance on the theater stage. The main characters held my attention for most of the play, but every now and then I focused on Mr. Shaw and marvelled at how well he gave life to his part. All night, that man was giving a clinic on fretless bass playing blues, and he never flubbed his lines. Understated, but powerful. Soulful, but giddy with quiet glee. Out there, but also in the pocket. Going with the flow, but also exerting his own musical gravitational pull in nudging the music in another direction as needed. So rapt was I in his performance mastery that I completely forgot about heckling him. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]

My post-show chat with Mr. Shaw was a delight, and I had the chance to heft his main stage prop in my hot little hands; that Fender fretless P-bass in Antigua finish fairly exuded that mysterious quality coveted by bass players everywhere known as "mojo". And while it was light in weight, it proved heavy in sound during the play.

Truly a bravura performance, Kennan. A new theater star is born. [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif] [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]



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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:22 pm

jshilgebass wrote:...and he never flubbed his lines.

Just out of curiosity,
are we talking "bass lines" here
or do you actually speak, Kennan?
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Re: "Toughest Girl Alive" in San Diego...

Postby kennans » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:34 am

Joe, thanks for coming out, and thanks for all the kind words! Appreciate it more when it comes from a player!

No speaking lines, just bass lines. However, my bass line gets the biggest laugh of the show, playing the sound of Erectile Dysfunction. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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