Archive for October, 2011

Cirque sets 'Quidam' in 2012; ticket sales start this week

October 31st, 2011
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Cirque du Soleil will launch public ticket sales this Friday (Nov. 4) for a performance run next Oct. 4 through 14, 2012 at Blaisdell Arena.
Nothing like thinking ahead!
The show is “Quidam,” a production the prolific Cirque du Soleil organization first launched in its iconic Big Top in Montreal, its headquarters, in April 1966. It has been a company staple in tours to five continents in the past decade.
It will be the third Cirque vehicle to roll into the Blaisdell.
This one features the usual fare: world-class acrobats, dances, singers and musicians, decked out in colorful and imaginative costumes staged in Cirque’s sphere where the outside-the-box thinking fuses with incredible and indelible artistry.
“Quidam” boasts a cast of 52 and focuses on young Zoe, who is bored, and ignored by her distant parents. To fill her life with warmth and inspiration, she glides into the imaginary world of Quidam where whimsical and extraordinary characters encourage her to free her soul.
Will you be there for the enchantment?

'QUIDAM' SCHEDULE, OCT. 4-14, 2012

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
• 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
• 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7
• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
• 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
• 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Tickets:
• Adults: from $40 to $80
• Children (12 & under): from $32 to $65
• Military, seniors and students: from $36 to $67.50

On sale now to Cirque Club members, Nov. 3; to join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.
On sale the public beginning Friday, Nov. 4; also at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Special kama’aina rates are available at the Blaisdell Arena box office
A limited number of premium tickets are also available for all performances.

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MVT’s ‘Spring Awakening’ seeks teens 16 and older

October 28th, 2011
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“Spring Awakening,” an award-winning Broadway musical with a potent sexual undertone and a pulsating rock score, is seeking a cast of 17 with focus on teenaged male and female singers-dancers. The Hawaii premiere will be under the auspices of Manoa Valley Theatre, beginning March 8.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29 at MVT; this is a rare opportunity for fresh faces and voices and dancers to make a splash in this rock musical adaptation by Duncan Shiek and Steven Sater based on an 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind.
It was a wunderkind musical in New York in 2008, complete with a dose of controversy and a recurring theme of teen angst and tumult, since show examines the pulse of youths growing up and discovering sexuality along with the normally verboten elements of masturbation, homosexuality, abortion, rate, suicide and child abuse.
The original Broadway production, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008, featured brief and graphic nudity in scenes that close Act 1 and open Act 2; the MVT announcement of auditions states “there is some partial nudity in the script for both men and women.”
Furthermore, the show has a minimum age requirement for participation; no teen under age 16 will be considered, and those who are 16 and 17 must abide by a parental consent form signed by parents, and available on the MVT website.
Six teenaged men and five teenaged women are sought, along with a male adult, a female adult, two female singers-dancers and two male singers-dancers. The “teens” may be young adults 16 through 21, because the roles are of school children.
Those trying out bring two prepared songs: one 16 to 32-bar uptempo tune showcasing the belting tone of the show, plus a contrasting 16-ar ballad. Adult auditioners need to prepare a 16-bar segment of a pop-rock tone.
Readings from the script, or a short prepared monologue, will be expected, along with the vocals; the show’s musical director will provide accompaniment, so a capella and/or karaoke singing will now be allowed. Bring sheet music in your key; perusing the script before the auditions might be beneficial.
Paul Mitri will guest-direct, with music conducted by Kenji Higashihama and choreography by Cindy Hartigan.
Besides the Tony Award, “Spring Awakening” snagged these other key awards: the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, 2007; Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, 2007; New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, 2007; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical; (off-Broadway), 2007; and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (London), in 2010
Rehearsals begin Jan. 9, for the March 8 through April 8 run of 25 performances. Curtain will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.
Information: 988-6131.

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How long would you wait for your dinner to arrive?

October 26th, 2011
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How long is too long for your drink to arrive? What about your dinner order?
I’ve had mounting bad luck, testing my patience, at Chili’s at Kahala Mall.
Whether I dine or early, like 6 p.m, or later, like 8 or 10 p.m. following a movie at the mall, the wait for beverage and din-din has become painfully long.
Is it just me? I think not. I’ve heard and seen complaints and irritability at the restaurant; the most noticeable was a few months ago when a party of eight or nine, with movie screening tickets in hand, waited and waited for nibbles to arrive, only to have the moms and keiki scoot off to the cinema, while dad waited to gather the uneaten remnants to take home, and to pay the bill.
Bummers.
To the credit of the restaurant, the manager, or someone in authority, came over to profusely apologize, offering free dessert. Hers is the crappiest job at the mall, for sure.
I’ve had three or four of these encounters since summer, and now I wonder why I still go there. The excuse seems genuine, I guess, but the ritual and recurring reflect a larger problem: no change of policy action, no effort to keep the customer satisfied.
Oh, there is one swift move: a minute or two after a complaint was lodged to the waitress (15 to18 minutes for the drink to arrive, an additional 20 minutes or so for dinner to arrive), the manager scooted to the table to apologize.
For the restaurant’s part, the alibis are one of the following, or a combination of reasons: the waitstaff is one short; there’s growing backup in the kitchen; a busy night filled with patrons. The tradeout of getting dessert gratis, or a second glass of wine, is moot; better service is what the customer wants and deserves, not freebies.
Disclosure: at my most recent visit, the manager voluntarily took off my half-order of ribs ($13.99) after the original order arrived dry and overcooked; that was a smart move that bothersome issue is the repeating pattern. Late is not great.
For all the riches that Kahala Mall offers — like Wholesale Foods, Apple Store, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, Longs — the place lacks a satisfying sit-down restaurant. Think about it. Beyond Chili’s, the options are few — overpriced upscale build-your-own burgers, delish gourmet pizzas and salads, sushi on conveyors, more pizza.
And there joints hungry diners where reservations aren’t taken, so you have to jockey between the crush of patrons. When your food and drink order to arrive takes longer than the time you waited to get a table, something’s terribly askew.
The other chow choices are fast food, counter or take-out joints — not the kind of place you’d want to hunker down and talk about the movie you’ve just seen.
Oh, sorrow: why did Spindrifter and Yum Yum Tree have to vanish?
So, have you played the waiting game at a restaurant? Share your woes here.

Did tats and skin win it for ‘Hawaii Five-0’?

October 25th, 2011
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After trailing the competish in its second season on air, CBS’ ''Hawaii Five-0'' finally got its game back with its battle with ABC’s “Castle” in preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings figures.
Was it the tats and the shirtless Alex McLoughlin as Steve McGarrett, in a storyline involving fisticuffs in the chain-link cage, or did the boost in viewership come with Daniela Ruah from “NCIS: Los Angeles,” guest-starring in a cameo appearance?
Or: are the scripts improving?
No matter; “Five-0” pulled a 3.8/10 rating and share, in the 18-to-49 demos, and 11.02 million viewers, good for sixth place for the night. “Castle” was 2.5/6 in 18-to-49 demos, and 11.1 million viewers, in eighth place.
It was a big night for CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” with 15.5 million and 5.6/13 in demos, at No. 1, followed by three other CBS shows: “2 Broke Girls,” 11.5 million with 4.6/11 in demos; “Mike and Molly,” with 12. 7 million viewers, with 4.4/10 in demos; and “How I Met Your Mother,” with 9.9 million and 4.3/12 demos.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” had 17.0 million viewers, the most for the night, but 3.1/8 in demos.
These figures don’t reflect the 7-day playback counts, tallied later in the week.
So was it skin and body etchings pulling in the numbers, or better “Five-0” scripting, or a crossover star?
What say you?

Will Kensi’s ‘Five-0’ gig trigger an ‘NCIS’ payback?

October 23rd, 2011
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Crossovers — when the star of one show appears on a network’s sister (brother?) series — are an infrequent but popular programming gimmick.
Daniela Ruah from “NCIS: Los Angeles” brings her character Kensi Blye’s lip-reading skills (plus her match-the-guys hijinks to bring down the baddies) to Monday’s (Oct. 24) “Hawaii Five-0.”
Now she logically figures that a payback should be in offing in the season ahead — someone from “Five-0” doing a stint on “NCIS: LA.” In the city of angels, of course.
In an E! Online interview, Ruah — who was in Hawaii for the preview premiere of “Five-0’s” season-launching Sunset on the Beach event in September plus a crossover role — said she got her game going with Island plate lunches, sightseeing and paddle-boarding.
She also suggests that following her “Five-0” experience, a return favor would be in order. After all, “Five-0” and “NCIS” are part of the CBS procedural landscape.
Her suggestions? Either Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua), to kick-ass along with Ruah’s Kensi Blye character, or Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett), whose husky presence could be matched (joke, joke) with Deeks (Eric Christian Olson ).
Beyond the expanded exposure for both shows, “NCIS’” viewership could rub off on “Five-0.” The Tuesday anchor series, following the Mark Harmon-led “NCIS” show, topped last Tuesday’s drama ratings — “NCIS” was No. 1, “NCIS: LA” was No. 2 — meaning CBS has the top-rated procedurals this year. “Five-0” was last season’s No. 1 drama, but ratings have slipped this year.
What do you think? Who from “Five-0” should cross the Pacific, to join Ruah, Chris O’Donnell (G. Callen), LL Cool J (Sam Callen) on “NCIS: LA”?