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Deedee Magno Hall, a Los Angeles-based singer-actress who is the wife of homegrown Broadway actor Cliffton Hall, will join the cast of Johnson Enos' "Honu by the Sea" when the show participates in a Capitol Hill Ocean Week celebration in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Is a Seawind reunion in the works? Well, lead singer Pauline Wilson, who just did two concerts here with Music Magic to benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i, is off to Los Angeles for a reunion and recording session with Seawind, the jazz fave from waaaaaay back that has been mostly dormant in recent times.

Comedian Augie T made good on his promise to make fun of the scarcity of Bruno Mars concert tickets at his "Laugh for Relief" fundraising concert. Augie coupled with comedian buddy Rex Navarrete to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Hai­yan in the Philippines.

It's hana hou for "Here Lives Love," the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim disco musical about Imelda Marcos. The hit musical will be revived beginning April 14 in an open-end run at The Public Theatre in New York, with islander Ruthie Ann Miles.

Peter Hernandez Sr., father of Hawaii superstar Bruno Mars, is certain to ride a wave of his own fame when his book, "From Brooklyn to Mars," is published later this year. A catchy title, agree?

Loretta Ables Sayre will reprise the Bloody Mary role, which brought her a Tony nomination in Lincoln Center's 2007 revival of "South Pacific," when the Paper Mill Playhouse pre­sents the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical at its Millburn, N.J., theater April 9 through May 4.

Aidan James, the 12-year-old ukulele wizard, has recorded three versions of "One of the Ones," which he co-wrote with Nashville composer Jeff Dayton. He'll get a national boost when the tune is featured on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" on Friday. Earlier that morn, Aidan will perform it on Hawaii News Now.

Comedian Augie T tried but failed to score tickets to Bruno Mars' upcoming concerts here April 18, 19 and 21. He realizes many locals are in the same boat, so Augie will take on this problem when he and funnyman buddy Rex Navarrete present an all-island fundraising tour to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Is Pepsi courting Bruno Mars for a post-Super Bowl relationship following his halftime show and soft-drink commercial last month? Apparently so. Mars, the Hawaii-born superstar, has not yet signed on to extend the Pepsi pipeline to fame and fortune, according to online buzz.

Singer-actress Loretta Ables Sayre, the Tony-nominated Bloody Mary from Broadway's "South Pacific" revival a few seasons back, will be among the guest celebs taking part in a live reading for Hono­lulu Theatre for Youth's 60th-season announcement, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Tenney Theatre.

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