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MEET ANDREW CHAPMAN, star of “DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN” opening Feb 11th in Toronto

In less than a month, one of the funniest Broadway plays ever to grace the stage will open at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkley St) starring a very funny young comedian who will entertain, inspire and provoke audiences with this “battle of the sexes/he said-she said” tour de force. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN star ANDREW CHAPMAN sat down with me and shared a few insights on his approach to the role and offered some background to his own burgeoning career in stand-up comedy, TV and film acting. Be sure to check out www.thecaveman.ca for dates & tickets to the show…you shouldn’t miss it or this terrific young talent.

Andrew, what first attracted you to the play?
I’d heard about Caveman through the theatre and comedy community for a number of years and knew that people related to it a lot. Also, it has a strong stand-up comedy aspect to it which is something I do as well, so it seemed like a good fit.12115946_533852020095819_1423922453001874820_nWhat do you hope the audiences get from the show?
A damned good laugh! And a glimpse of themselves and their own relationships, and I’ve seen a lot of elbowing and rib-poking “yeah, that’s you..” with couples during my past performances.12144710_533852033429151_98043124632265989_nYou’re quite a young man – how do you build your character when the subject is all about relationships, the battle of the sexes, men are from Mars/women are from Venus kinda thing when your own life experience is relatively short to date?
Mighty nice of you to say….I draw from people I know who’ve been married for years or been in long term relationships. Luckily the material is something that relates to those kinds of relationships. I’ve been in a few long term relationships and lived with a girlfriend (scandalous!) so I have some familiarity with it, for instance, I’ve been asked “You’re not going to wear THAT shirt, are you?” LOL

I understand there are interactive elements where you bring couples up on stage so how has your stand-up or TV hosting work helped you with this theatrical role?
It’s basically a 2 hour stand-up set, really. And yeah, in stand-up you don’t want hecklers or people talking, but in this show – I HIGHLY encourage it! It adds a new element to the show and makes each show “one of a kind”. So, hosting and doing stand-up comedy, you talk WITH the audience (in a way) and bring them into your world, and the same is with Caveman.IMG_6683Have you had any formal theatrical training and if so, where and under whose tutelage?
When you see the show, you’ll clearly realize that I have not had any formal acting training..haa haa. But working in comedy clubs and on busy TV or film sets can be the best training, esp. when you need to be able to improv a situation with “civilians” participating on stage.

What other projects have you been working on where we can see you?
I’ve been lucky enough to work on a variety of different projects recently. I just wrapped a film in Cancun that will be out in the Fall, called “The Duchess Of Cancun” (below shows Andrew working very hard on the beach in Cancun!) 10603475_1034453386622264_990104589620432725_nI’m currently appearing in the web-series “V Morgan Is Dead” for VerveGirlTV/Youtube (see sexy screen-cap below) and right before Caveman opens Feb 11th, I’ll have just wrapped the film “Spy House” as well as a 3 week stand-up tour of Ottawa/Kingston/Toronto clubs. FYI: during the run of “Defending the Caveman”, a show I hosted called “Made Up” will be airing on DisneyXD in the US.IMG_6567


Feb. 11 to 26th @ Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkley St, Toronto

Tickets & info at: www.thecaveman.caDRAG HIM 5.5 x 8.5 TEMPLATE CLEAN







OH WHAT A THRILL! The Mavericks deliver a new album & new tour

Twenty one years ago, I found myself sitting nervously in a Toronto hotel room waiting to interview a new band that had been tearing up the country music charts with an album that I loved. I could sing all the lyrics to every track, and I had the worst crush on their lead singer. The door opened…my heart pounded…and in walked The Mavericks, sadly, sans their brilliant vocalist Raul Malo who was resting his throat prior to their concert that night. Intellectually I understood, emotionally I was crushed, but after a few minutes of joking with drummer Paul Deakin and their then guitarist Robert Reynolds about their hit album  Oh What a Thrill, I was soon at ease and having a blast interviewing these two Mavs.

Skip ahead two decades and here I am again interviewing the band, this time for Cashbox Canada magazine. Paul Deakin and keyboard player Jerry Dale McFadden talked about their new album, MONO, and their April 24th concert in Toronto. Now, with numerous music awards including Grammys under their belts, I was wondering how life and the music industry had treated the guys – read my interview here:  http://bit.ly/1bodHT0

Mono Cover Art SmallSo here we are on Friday night April 24th, at the Phoenix Nightclub in Toronto – my photographer Gabriella Luchetta weighed down with an array of cameras and me carrying a ton of memories of great Mavericks concerts and recordings. Sadly, the club promoters did not think things through….the audience was mature so you don’t expect 50 and 60 year olds to stand for 4 hours on a concrete floor – but the Phoenix did. Fortunately, the head of security responded positively to my plea for seating (I still have a bum knee from a winter ice slip-n-fall) and led me to the special section for those of us with “challenges” which, as you can see below, was quite delightful!

DSC08546Not to worry, my focus was the stage so I turned my back on this horrible sight and ignored the constant tinny thunks as empties were hurled into the bin alongside my chair!

First up, the opening act and oh boy, what a fantastic artist we got. The Whitney Rose Band marched onto the stage and kept us entertained for about half an hour with some sizzling country tunes. The talented and pretty young Canadian country music artist Whitney Rose (below) held the audience in the palm of her hand, performing tracks off her new album Heartbreaker of the Year, produced by Maverick’s leader Raul Malo. She apologized profusely to those in the front row for the shortness of her skirt, adding a cheeky “you’re welcome” to those wolf-whistlers further back!  www.whitneyrosemusic.com

??????????????????????????????? 20150424_203007The Mavericks then took the stage and spent the next two and a half hours driving us all crazy with hit after hit, new tunes off MONO and even some Patsy Cline and Neil Young covers, too.20150424_231829The energy from the band was infectious, especially when keyboardist Jerry stepped away from the keys and danced across the stage to audience cheers (below). Macho guitarist Eddie Perez strutted and posed with a little wink-wink to the audience, and drummer Paul twirled his sticks wildly in time with the back-up musicians (horn section, accordion, upright bass).


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???????????????????????????????But it was Raul Malo who everyone wanted to see and hear. Malo’s voice – tinged with more than a hint of Roy Orbison’s bright falsetto – is phenomenal; he’s been called one of the greatest voices in popular music by many music journalists and critics.  And when he stood alone at centre stage singing The Mav’s early hit, “Oh What a Thrill” followed by  Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams”, the entire audience swayed in unison with many a tear-filled eye fixed on Malo.

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????The Mavericks ended their show with a frenetic series of rock, New Orleans voodoo boogie, Tex-Mex and dance tunes filled with solos for each band member, and the crowd was well and truly spent. The audience of silver foxes was partying like it was 1999 – arthritis be damned!  The new CD, Mono, sold like hotcakes and everyone was grabbing t-shirts, bandannas and pins from the merchandise sales table. For more information about The Mavericks and their new album, Mono, please visit their website:  www.themavericksband.com.

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??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????I loved being there with The Mavericks.  Then sad concert was over….hope they come back real soon.


Another story/concert review will appear in the May issue of www.TheRider.com