Arsenio Hall: Best Late Night Host EVER?

Why Arsenio isn't on late night TV anymore: Things That Make You Go Hmmm..

Not sure what kind of “world” you’re stepping into when you come to see ‘Shotgun Wedding’ at The Fringe?  If you are lucky enough to have old Arsenio Hall episodes on VHS (or beta!), you could watch those to get an idea.

In 1993, Arsenio Hall *ruled* late night.  He may not have been officially the ratings leader but for our generation, our worlds revolved around who was on Arsenio last night and who was coming on the next episode. LET’S GET BUSY!

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#3 Flex (Time To Have Sex) – Mad Cobra (Shotgun Wedding’s 1993 TOP TEN Countdown)

LAAAAAWWWD… GYAL FLEX

Dark school gym corners. Red-lit basements. Rented church halls. You remember them. These were the places were teenagers became adults. Well, at least did adult things. Sort of.

In 1993 Mississauga, there was one place in particular where there were no parents, no chaperones and no teachers imposing 1ft restraining orders around our gyrating teenage hips — STREETSVILLE CHURCH. Continue reading

Director, Catherine Hernandez.

Catherine Hernandez (centre) in 'Future Folk'

By now you already know that the Director of ‘Shotgun Wedding’ is Catherine Hernandez (Toronto-based Theatre Creator, Artistic Director of SULONG THEATRE COMPANY, Storyteller).  Rather than use this space to extoll the layers of her resume, I’m going to get personal.   Continue reading

#4 Whatta Man – Salt n’ Pepa feat. En Vogue (1993′s Shotgun Wedding TOP TEN Countdown)

“You SO CRAZY….”

If 1993 seemed like it was all about the ladies, well… it probably was, as far as music goes anyway. At our high school, it was all about guys singing to girls, guys asking girls out, guys asking girls to the prom — whatever. That’s a lot of pressure! If you want to know where adult gender role expectations originated, it was probably high school.

You SO CRAZY.... ____(fill in the blank)_____!!!

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Shotgun Wedding: The Transformation

I really gotta give it up to the cast for being good sports.

Yo, T-Boz ! Is ya being a boss, Chilli what's up wit' dat sauce?

Going back to the world of ‘Shotgun Wedding’ — the early 1990s — is no easy commitment.  It means donning very unique clothing, having very interesting hairstyles and going very aggressive with the lipstick shade.  And I’m being polite with the description.   Continue reading

Where Are They Now?: Keith Sweat (& Candy Grams)

I remember getting a really weird note from a girl when I was in Grade 12.

Ever write a love letter? Ever get one?

For me, the year was  1991.  Of course, this was before Facebook or email existed, even before any of us had cell phones or even pagers with voicemail.  Back in Grade 12, there was only one effective way to send someone a message was to write them a note.  So, you either wrote it on paper and had a friend pass it to them, or shove it in their locker or leave it in a textbook.

Or… you sent them a CANDY GRAM.   Continue reading

Filipino Hairstyles of the 90s – The Guy Version

For Shotgun Wedding: The Musical, we’re not just going all-out with the music and the costumes — we’re going all the way with THE HAIR. Oh, the hair.

Which Shotgun Wedding castmember is getting his hair cut like a YUT?

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Shotgun Wedding’s Original Music by Kierscey Rand

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By now you already know that Shotgun Wedding is a Musical and that features many of your favourite songs from the 90s. You may not know that Shotgun Wedding: The Musical features original music also. That music is by Kierscey Rand. And its about time you met him.
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#5 Follow Me – Aly-Us (Shotgun Wedding’s 1993 TOP TEN Countdown)

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I’m hoping… to see a day.

Don’t lie. You KNOW the moves to this one. Even if you want to act like you don’t, your feet give you away. This is part of your heritage and this blood is coarsing through your veins. Try as you may — you end up doing THE ELECTRIC SLIDE when the DJ plays ‘Follow Me’ by Aly-Us.

You could be at a 18th birthday Debut, a semi-formal, a prom or a (shotgun) wedding but regardless the venue, the moves are the same. Four steps to the right, four steps to the left, four steps back and then rock back two times and dip two times… aaaaand repeat. Throw in some spins and a few floor kicks and you’re looking MINT. In 1993, if you didn’t know The Electric Slide you probably didn’t get invited to the party.

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Director’s Blog #1: Why Len Chose Me

Hi folks!

If you didn’t know, the Director of Shotgun Wedding: The Musical is Catherine Hernandez.  I’m still finding the special words to tell you about Catherine from *MY* point of view but in the meantime, she’s taken a few moments out of her super-busy schedule to write *YOU* a note.  

- Len

Director Catherine is the pretty lady wearing violet down in the far right!

by Catherine Hernandez – Director, Shotgun Wedding

There are reasons why Len chose me to be the director for Shotgun Wedding: The Musical.  The main reason is because I am old. Continue reading