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Read LEAVE IT TO BEAVERHAUSEN: Buddy Beaverhausen Goes Where the Love Is with Kim Grogg
In 2011, Kim Grogg Marin was nominated for a MAC Award in the category of Female Cabaret Debut and in 2012 was nominated in the category of Female Vocalist. Her favorite theatrical experience is a production of Wait ‘til You Get to Wabash that she directed and choreographed in her home town of Wabash, Indiana. Other theatre credits include productions of Gypsy, Hello Dolly!, Pippin, Annie, The Music Man, Show Boat, Dames at Sea, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Big River, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Nunsense and Menopause, the Musical. Kim is also a print model.
Now, Kim is bringing her latest show, Go Where The Love Is, to Don't Tell Mama in NYC. She is musically directed by Steven Ray Watkins (who is joined by Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly
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All those who were lucky enough to be in attendance last night truly went where the love is. I cannot wait to go back on Tuesday night, the 18th. Please join me if you are in New York.
I was so taken by Kim and the show that I scheduled an interview this morning to celebrate Go Where The Love Is and Kim Grogg Marin. This is the result of that interview.
As a little girl, all that Kim desired to do was to sing and dance. That is even in her bio. She was caught singing and dancing in the bathroom when she was supposed to be taking a nap when she was a kindergartener.
She made a lot of "questionable" choices along the way. In her teens and twenties, she didn't have the confidence that was needed to really pursue it. She is a big tall woman. She always felt how could a big woman succeed in this. So, she really allowed that to keep her back.
In her thirties, when she moved to New York, she started teaching drama. She taught and directed many productions. When she turned forty, she thought, "You know what? I think I have the confidence to pursue this now." She had finally become the character woman that she had been cast as and she began to work. She did a lot of theatre that included tours and regional theatre and "that sort of thing". At 47, Kim met her husband, Rich Marin. Once he came into the picture, she no longer desired to pursue the traveling life of an actress.
She didn't want to be traveling for six weeks or longer. She then asked herself what she could do that would still allow her to sing and entertain and kind of nurture that creativity that is inside of her and feeds her.
What does Kim do when she desires a little "nonsense" in her life? She has a little dog, Cecil, which makes an "appearance" in her current show. He brings a lot of joy and nonsense and play and fun into Kim's life. Rich, Kim's husband is a motorcyclist and they belong to a motorcycle group.
They go on road trips and it is pure fun. She loves to find a little nonsense and silliness in her life every day in what she says and what she does.
That is important to her.
I am interested in the subtext when a singer sings. With Kim, as it is with most singers, that could change song by song. She really pays attention to the lyrics and what they say to her.
She then forms a little story around each song.
Then she goes on her journey when she starts to sing each song and as she is taking the journey through HER subtext, she is hopeful that the audience will form their own journey with their own subtext.
They may not go what she goes through, but at least she is reaching them and enabling them to go with her.
Last night (November 14th, 2014) was Kim's opening night. She is back Tuesday night, November 18th and December 5th (Both Shows at 7PM) and December 7th at 5:30PM.
What happens next? Kim doesn't know!
She doesn't know whether she will bring this show back (maybe after the first of the year) or whether she will embark on a new show.
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It all depends on how this one is received.
Kim is absolutely sure that she is doing exactly what she SHOULD be doing at this point in her life in her heart of hearts. She has given up the dream of being a stage actress. She is OK with that. She has reached the point where she just knows that she doesn't desire to do that anymore.
The idea of doing eight shows a week just sounds overwhelming to her.
She is very fortunate not to have that intense desire any longer. This also brings her heart joy. She admits to not having found any other talent that she wishes to explore or pursue that would lend itself to a career that would make her say "Oh my God!
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Sometimes Kim and Rich discuss what they are going to do when they "retire". They have a home out in San Diego. When they think about moving out there, Kim thinks, "What clubs are out there? Where can I go to sing? How can I get Lennie and Steven out there? We'll do a show there!" It is quite possible and feasible.
|With Richard Marin and Diane Jenkins|
Recently, I did a gig with Anita Gillette. She asked me what I did about "dry mouth." I told her to drink lots of water! I've been there. Although it was noticeable, Kim said she felt like she was fighting an uphill battle last night battling "cotton balls"! "I was fine with the sound check and warmup with the band." She felt as if all of the moisture in that room left. She felt as if she couldn't get her lips off of her teeth and as if that was the focus of the audience. She was totally committed although she questions if that came across.
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As for her musical director, Steven Ray Watkins, Kim loves him so much. She has worked with him a long time. She just trusts him so completely.
He has her back. He is there for her and he desires that she be the best that she can possibly be.
She thinks he is brilliant.
Lennie Watts, director, is all that a good director should be. She also loves Lennie! They have developed a great friendship beyond the work. That also helped, especially on Go Where The Love Is. He even agreed to sing backup! It is a process where she goes in and says, "This is what
|Kim Grogg Marin, Joshua Dixon, Vicky Modica and Erik Sisco.|
|with Randy Lester and Lennie Watts|
It goes back to TRUST. She trusts that he will lead her in the right direction based on watching the other shows he has directed and his own show and the classes she has taken with him. She has taken the classes that he conducts with Steven Ray Watkins. As a team, they are the best. It works for Kim.
When Kim first started taking classes with Lennie and Steven, she was totally new to the cabaret world and knew nothing about MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). She knew nothing of the other organizations surrounding it. Through Lennie, Kim became a member of MAC and ended up on the board on which she still.
The advice that Kim would give anyone wishing to pursue a career as an entertainer is to really know in your heart of hearts that this is what you REALLY want to do. Then, do it by all means. Especially if that is what is going to feed your soul. Going into cabaret as a BUSINESS, please know it is not going to make you a lot of money. Don't go into it to get rich quick. It's just not going to happen. It really has to be just a love of singing and entertaining and sharing your stories. That has to be there. You are NOT going to make a lot of money unless you really hustle, hustle, hustle and make a name for yourself.
|Photo Bombed by Oscar! — with Kim Grogg Marin and Randy Cohen Lester.|
In terms of crafting a show, the advice that Kim gives is to find a good team of people. She has seen a lot of shows in which people have decided not to have a director or they went in with a preconceived idea of all the songs they desired to sing and that was it. The musical director didn't have a lot of say in what they were saying, etc. It is really important to have a supportive team for collaboration and for having additional eyes. We cannot be objective without the
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Kim has gone where the love is with Rich Marin. Meeting him changed her life completely. It truly is a Cinderella story. She had stopped teaching when she met him and was working several jobs. She was also living in a seven story walk-up. She prayed for "Rich" to come into her life just as she discusses in her show. Then he was there. They met on Match.com.
Their worlds never would have "collided" otherwise. He was a Wall Street banker for many years. There worlds would never have intersected.They have created a wonderful life together.
When Kim was putting Go Where The Love Is together, she didn't know what shape it would even take or even what she desired the show to be about.
That IS what Kim is all about but she didn't know that is what she desired the show to be all about. She really struggled with what she wanted to sing and what she desired to sing about. With Lennie's masterful eye, they started picking songs and it just started to happen.
Kim came in with what would end becoming the title song. Kim loved the groove of Edie Brickell's song, Go Where The Love Is. Lennie and Steven listened to it and said it was great. Lennie then said, "There is the title of your show." There it was! Everything then fell into place. Lennie then crafted the song order and the stories she would tell. It just felt right.
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Lennie and Steven, I'm ready to interview both of YOU!
Kim believes that her reason for being here is to LOVE! Do yourself a favor and GO WHERE THE LOVE IS!
Kim Grogg: Go Where The Love Is
on November 18th, December 5th (Both Shows at 7PM) and December 7th at 5:30PM
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