Wednesday, May 30, 2012

PATTY - "Colors" music video

from PATTY: The Revival, track released 26 April 2012

music: Jonathan Snipes
lyrics: Kristin Erickson, Patrick Kennelly, Jonathan Snipes
voices: Heather Cadarette, Blythe Evans, Elaine Hammell, Elizabeth Hayhurst, Stephanie Tucker, Justine Woodford
mix: Steve Kaplan

Produced, Directed and Edited by Patrick Kennelly
Starring (in order of appearance): Zoe Aja Moore, Biz Lyon, Elizabeth Hayhurst, Blythe Evans, Elaine Hammel, Jasmine Orpilla, Chelsey Holland, Justine Woodford, Radick Cembryznski, Maya Gingery, Stephanie Tucker, Heather Cadarette, Rachel Hirshee, Verity Branco, Amber Morse and Nikki Bohm
Cinematography by Trevor Baker
Costumes/Styling: Pilar Macchione
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Kolhagen with Genevieve Garner
Choreography: Jmy James Kidd
Production Guru: Ed Cha
1st AD: Crystal Munson
2nd AD: Zack Moore
Rob Yoo Department: Rob Yoo
Production Assistance: Jen Bloom

Compositing: Lawrence Klein / Leonard Menchiari
Backgrounds: Patrick Kennelly / Lawrence Klein / Leonard Menchiari
Sound Design: Jonathan Snipes

Monday, May 28, 2012

PATTY press

"PATTY: The Revival," which concluded its run this past Saturday night, was showered with some incredibly glowing reviews.  This project was three years in the making, so I am very grateful for the positive responses the overall project has elicted!  Excerpts and links below.

pictured: Blythe Evans as Patty Ego, Chelsey Rae Holland as Salamander / photo by Trevor Baker

Rebecca Haithcoat in LA Weekly:
"GO" "Meshing Patty Duke and Patty Hearst, creator-director Patrick Kennelly's musical explores our fixation on the cult of personality and our obsession with molding young celebrity girls into pop tartlets. Patty (played by four performers, representing her id, ego, superego and "shadow") is portrayed as a sacrificial lamb in today's entertainment-saturated culture. "Who will be the bright star of the future?" an announcer in the must-see "pop musical event" sing-songs. "I like posting pictures of myself on the Internet!" a vapid contestant answers in Auto-Tune. Down to the 5-plus-inch heels the talented, 15-member, all-female (!) cast struts around on for almost two hours, Kennelly nails the idea of how expectations help to cripple women in the public eye. In the show's frankest moment, the entire cast turns on the Pattys, chanting, "Kill yourself." Jonathan Snipes and Kristin Erickson's original music drips with satire and is as catchy as anything on the radio. Pilar Macchione's sculptural fashion design is commentary, too; the dresses are just so flattering. This will be one of the most exhilarating eviscerations in L.A. this year. Don't miss it."
full review here (scroll down to bottom of page)

Debra Levine on arts~meme:
"The peculiarly American phenomenon — the relentless commoditization of the individual and promoting it in a culture driven by celebrity (exemplars: the two Patties) – is Kennelly’s concern in “Patty the Revival.” The auteur and his many collaborators have fashioned a smart new musical that expresses ambivalence about the forces that shape our lives."
full review here

Sean Carnage @
"I visited Patrick Kennelly at Highways in Santa Monica last week, and I was totally knocked out by what I saw and heard. PATTY is a kaleidoscope of old school analog counter culture vibes, cut and pasted all over the stage, thru some digital timespace manipulation (aka finesse)."
full article here