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Show Biz: Hit Broadway shows cast blind eye to color, gender

Last week, we reviewed “Carousel,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “SpongeBob Squarepants” and “Pretty Woman;” we continue the Broadway coverage, with more flashes of color-blind casting plus gender-bending. Read More

Show Biz: Bette Midler wows in ‘Dolly’ during final Broadway run

It’s in-between seasons now on Broadway, with the final curtain drawn for 2018 as the big reveal of the fall shows proceeds in full gear. Read More

Show Biz: Kevin McCollum bringing ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to Broadway

Kevin McCollum, the former Honolulu resident whose Tony Award-winning Broadway credits include “Rent,” “Avenue Q,” “In the Heights” and “Something Rotten,” will produce the stage musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” based on the 1993 film that starred the late Robin Williams. Read More

Show Biz: Ruthie Ann Miles joins ‘King and I’ cast

Hawaii’s Ruthie Ann Miles, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Lady Thiang in the Lincoln Center reboot of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “The King and I,” will be part of a filmed version of the London production due this fall. Read More

Actor Jason Tam plays Squip in cult favorite ‘Be More Chill’

Jason Tam, the Broadway actor from Honolulu, is in the cast of a new cult favorite, “Be More Chill,” playing to untold sellouts and cheers, in a limited run through Sept. 23 at the Signature Theatre on 42nd Street. Read More

New Augie Rey show pays tribute to Waikiki legends

“Waikiki, Then & Now” is hosted by Augie Rey and features his daughter, singer Tahiti Rey. You can catch the two sets Monday at Blue Note Hawaii. Read More

Ruthie Ann Miles returns to stage after tragic accident

Ruthie Ann Miles, the Tony Award-winning actress from Hawaii, finally joined her castmates in “The King and I” earlier this month in London, where the Rodgers & Hammerstein evergreen is playing at the London Palladium. Read More

Frank De Lima delivers new parodies in school program

Comedian Frank De Lima just launched his annual Student Enrichment Program, and his message will be “Get Smarter, Get Healthier, Get Kinder.” He’ll tour 120 schools this academic year. Read More

Willie K’s Blue Note return showcases his humor, talent

Willie K’s back — he resumed his monthly Blue Note Hawaii gig on July 17 — and clearly, he’s absorbing the incredible energy from his fans. Read More

Rapper Cardi B tops list of 2018 MTV VMA nominations

Rapper Cardi B and her husband, Offset, welcomed a daughter July 10 and named her Kulture Kiari Cephus. Read More

John Travolta, Kelly Preston get malasada fix at Leonard’s Bakery

Hawaii-born Kelly Preston gave Leo­nard’s Bakery’s malasadas a huge boost in the July 2 edition of People magazine. Read More

Shari Lynn enjoys New York, Eden Lee Murray joins La Pietra

Shari Lynn is on her annual work-and-play trip to New York, while Eden Lee Murray, former Hawaii Theatre Center education director, joins the faculty at La Pietra. Read More

Konishiki captivates, Joy Abbott celebrates, Bruno Mars dominates

Konishiki’s new regimen for sharing his music and aloha with fans will indeed include a gig at the Blue Note Nagoya, but the retired sumotori will be on the high seas performing his see- and sea-worthy revue in the months to come. Read More

Bruno Mars reportedly involved with upcoming Janet Jackson album

Bruno Mars, Hawaii’s homegrown superstar, will be sharing his “24K Magic” dust on Janet Jackson’s next studio album, according to a report. Read More

Midler, Janney to join cast of animated ‘Addams Family’

Hawaii’s Bette Midler, a Tony winner last year for “Hello, Dolly,” will join Oscar-winning Allison Janney by adding their voices to the upcoming animated feature “The Addams Family.” Read More

Maui Film Festival honors actor Nick Robinson

The Maui Film Festival will shower love on Nick Robinson with a Rising Star Award at the event’s Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Resort. Read More

Productions allow Ron Bright’s legacy to thrive

The late Ron Bright, the celebrated and beloved theater director, continues to inspire youths via the nonprofit I’m a Bright Kid Foundation, organized to perpetuate his legacy. Read More

Kapena launches 2018 ‘Wildest Show’ lineup at Honolulu Zoo

Roy Sakuma will emcee “The Wildest Show in Town,” a Wednesday twilight destination at the Honolulu Zoo, from June 6 to Aug. 15 (no show on July 4). Read More

Pat Sajak, Joe Moore bring ‘Dial M for Murder’ to Hawaii Theatre

Joe Moore and Pat Sajak, longtime Army buddies from the Vietnam War era and iconic television figures since, will reunite onstage when they co-star in a mystery-drama, “Dial M for Murder,” at the Hawaii Theatre Center. Read More

Robert Cazimero’s May Day concert honors lei-giving tradition

More than 3,000 people took part in Robert Cazimero’s revival of Lei Day at Bishop Museum on May 1. Read More

Johnson Enos’ ‘Honu’ to perform with Hello Kitty in Japan

Honu the sea turtle, the centerpiece of Johnson Enos’ environmental musical, “Honu by the Sea,” has a new buddy: Tokyo’s Hello Kitty. Read More

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