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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-28

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Hal Shane,
Brian Nalepka
and Marc
Kessler of the
Rhythm Kings

The boy hoofer finished third in a Ted
Mack Amateur Hour contest and made
a live tap dancing appearance an The
Jackie Gleason Show from Miami Beach.
He went on to graduate from New
York's Hofstra University with a degree in
music education, settled on the classical
guitar as his favorite instrument and soon
was touring in his own one-man show.
Shane also played a variety of roles in
national and regional versions of Guys
and Dolls, Hit the Deck, Lady Be Good,
Annie Get Your Gun, Shenandoah and
They're Playing Our Song.
"But my travel pace really got hectic
after I became a King," he said.
For many years, the trio did one-
nighters, traveling in a van, playing
almost every hamlet in the United States
— from Esterville, Iowa, to Ely, Minn.
Shane would drive through a bliz-
zard, while another King would hem a
pair of pants and another plan publici-
ty for the act. "That's how we made
the act famous," Shane reflects.
"It's difficult to practice your reli-
gion when you're traveling all of the
time," he added. "I try to observe the
holidays and do the best I can."
Shane's most memorable holiday expe-
rience was a Passover seder he attend-
ed in an ancient synagogue in the for-
mer Soviet state of Georgia.

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The Kings often hop onto a cruise
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taining on some around-the-world
cruises, Shane has been able to cele- •
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restaurant in Mombassa, Kenya.
"We've performed with a lot of great
entertainers in many of the top venues
just about everywhere, and we love it,"
said Shane.
Shane's wife and teenaged son travel
with him once in a while but usually
remain in New York.
"The Manhattan Rhythm Kings trio
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us," Shane said. "So we talk a lot to
keep up that homelike feeling.
"Show business is based on emotions,
and talking things out really helps. We
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