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CabaRAE performs last show, but plans for next season


The CabaRAE Showroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is dark this week but a spokeswoman for the Cirque-style extravaganza denied the show had closed for good.

“We performed our ‘season finale’ last night to a well-attended audience,” said General Manager Anna Young on Monday.

She described it as the “last show for Season 1.”

“We continue to work on plans for Season 2, but no dates have been announced as yet,” she said.

CabaRAE was hailed as something new and different when it opened in July.

The production included dramatic aerial acts, physical comedians, celebrity impersonators and other speciality acts. Reviews were favorable, and Craig Reid, aka Hula Hoop Elvis, was an audience favorite from opening night.

However, delays in constructing the show’s 10,000-square-foot showroom at the Waikiki resort forced CabaRAE to open for a six-week “sneak-peek engagement” in the Tapa Ballroom in July and then go dark for two months while construction continued.

The showroom opened Halloween, with the official opening of CabaRAE took place Nov. 15. Tickets ranged from $70 to $90.

Creative producer Alan Goldberg said at the time that CabaRAE would have a changing roster of entertainers. Many of the acts from the summer “sneak peek” returned to perform in the newly completed showroom but some were replaced by others in the weeks that followed.

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