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Filming is underway for a local Jim Nabors TV special that will air on KHNL and KGMB come September.

Theodore "Ted" Chapin, president and executive director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, which governs the performing rights for the classic R&H repertoire, considers our homegrown Loretta Ables Sayre (who earned a Tony nomination when she re-created the role for Lincoln Center Theatre's "South Pacific" hit from 2008 to 2010) as the show's defining portrayal of Bloody Mary.

"Uptown Funk!" — recorded by Mark Ronson and featuring Hawaii's Bruno Mars on lead vocals —is this year's undisputed chart champ. It's been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks since its Jan. 15 chart debut.

Singer Raiatea Helm will stage what looks to be the season's most luxurious Mother's Day brunch May 10 at the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room.

Hawaii actress Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars," "Dancing With the Stars") happily has gone to the dogs — with her adorable pooch pup Kleo.

Actor Jo Ramsey is on a roll, moving fromGary Cooper to the Lion King. Ramsey, of Laie, made his Honolulu theatrical debut in Kumu Kahua's recent "My Name is Gary Cooper," earning raves.

Look for third-generation actors from the Ronald and Mo Brightohana in theatrical productions here and in California.

Say aloha to two characters with Hawaii ties: one a mascot of an ever-evolving family musical, the other a comic book figure destined to become one of the next masters of the filmic superhero universe.

If you haven't yet noticed, the Brothers Cazimero are on an extended hiatus of sorts.

Four Hawaii actors — plus one backstager with creative input — will be featured in the latest revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," which will begin preview performances March 3 en route to its April 16 premiere at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

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