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'Christmas Eve' to stage AIDS benefit in Big Apple

By Wayne Harada

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Local girl Ann Harada (no relation), who created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony Award-winning "Avenue Q" musical, has tapped her Broadway colleagues to do a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit titled "Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve" at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Midtown Theatre in New York.

Cast mates include Jason Tam ("A Chorus Line"), also a Honolulu native, along with John Tartaglia ("Avenue Q"), Stephen Bogardus ("Falsettos") and Marc Kudisch ("Beauty and the Beast," "9 to 5").

Harada, who played the opinionated but beloved accented therapist in the musical featuring not-for-kids puppets, will present her pals in a skewered fantasy with parody, romantic duets and iconic Broadway moments. If you're bound for the Big Apple, call for tickets at 212-840-0770, ext. 268. ...

FURTHERMORE: The aforementioned Tam, who had been a regular on "One Life to Live," left the soap opera in October after undertaking a Shakespeare Workshop this summer with a Public Theatre performance in "All's Well That Ends Well." He is now awaiting a nod for the part of Romeo in Yale Repertory Theatre's upcoming "Romeo and Juliet." Meanwhile, Tam has relocated to Los Angeles to check out prospects for TV pilots that would film this spring. ...

He also participated in a staged reading last month in the Broadway-bound "Allegiance" musical, about a World War II family in an internment camp, with George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Paolo Montalban. ...

HITHER 'N' YON: "The Brothers Cazimero: At Home in the Islands," the KGMB TV special that aired in September, drops tomorrow as a DVD. See and hear Robert and Roland Cazimero, then and now, with vintage video that tracks their 35-year career and current chats with The Caz, their family and friends. A classy documentary on a first-class act. ...

WHEE, THE PEOPLE: Lani Misalucha, who's performed with the Society of Seven here and in Las Vegas, will be a guest at the Filipino Community Center's Dec. 3 fundraiser at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. She will be joined by Albert Maligmat, "Little Albert" from the SOS, and emcee Emme Tomimbang. Ex-Gov. Ben Cayetano and his wife, Vicky, and Hawaiian Airlines honcho Mark Dunkerly are co-chairs. ...

By the way, Misalucha has completed her run with Earl Turner in "Voice," which was a staple at the Las Vegas Hilton. ...

Back in Waikiki, the Society of Seven LV, back at the Outrigger Waikiki's Main Showroom, is a work in progress, sort of functioning without a full deck — five full-time members after recent departures plus two guest artists, singers Ryan Gallagher and Melanie Fausto and a veteran musician, Jeanette Trevias, who are not totally integrated into the lineup. Identity is an issue; everyone strives with determined energy, but there are some rough spots within the "Hot, Hot, Hot" title/theme of the show; it's not, not, not yet quite there. ...

TRADE WINDS: Finals are under way for the "Al Waterson and You" singing competition every Sunday eve at Don Ho's Island Grill. Teens 13 to 17 vie tonight, adults next Sunday and senior citizens Dec. 5. Tickets are $35 adults, $22 children ages 2 to 10 (buffet included); call Nancy Bernal at 947-5736. ...

The Student Organization of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaii will stage the Kennedy Theatre Black Saturday sale from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in front of the theater. Clothing, books, food and treasures from the stage and dance communities will be available, plus entertainment. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Wayne Harada is a veteran entertainment columnist; reach him at 266-0926 or wayneharada@gmail.com; read his Show and Tell Hawaii blog at www.staradvertiser.com.






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