By Wayne Harada
Madonna and Steven Tyler will be among the look- and sound-alikes in "Legends in Concert" Waikiki’s “Rock-a-Hula” production, beginning Dec. 11 at the Royal Hawaiian Center’s fourth-floor theater-showroom.
The current pop faves will bring a wave of fresh sounds and looks to the three-decades-old tribute show, widely recognized as “The World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show” in the world, as "Legends" marks its first anniversary here in December. The show continues to be a visitor favorite along the Kalakaua Avenue strip.
The marquee switches are part of the regular rotation of impersonation acts in the "Legends" library.
Madonna, aka The Material Girl, continues to be a current rock tour superstar. Tyler, the bad boy of rock from Aerosmith, was a judge on Fox’s “American Idol” last season who resigned to rock out with his Aerosmith buddies again.
They join a lineup that also includes Michael Jackson, the King of Pop; Elvis Presley, the King of Rock; Lady Gaga, the diva of the divinely absurd; and Elton John, the prolific singer-composer with rock, Broadway and movie credits.
“Since opening last December, we’re delighted at how quickly Hawaii has become our newest long-term home, and our cast has had a phenomenal time welcoming kama’aina as well as tens of thousands of visitors from dozens of countries,” said Brian Brigner, COO for "Legends in Concert," in a press release. “We’re truly thankful for the warm aloha and embrace we’ve received from the community and look forward to being part of and enhancing the Waikiki entertainment scene for many years to come.”
“We are so appreciative of the terrific reception, trust and support our show at the Royal Hawaiian Theater has received from the entire hospitality, tourism and business community,” added Ron Howard, President of Star of Honolulu, partners in the operation of "Legends in Concert" Waikiki. “Our strong partnerships with On Stage Entertainment, producers of 'Legends in Concert,' and the management of the Royal Hawaiian Center are working exactly as we had hoped and tactically planned.
For locals, "Legends" offers kama’aina the option for cocktail, luau and dinner packages, ranging from $40.50 to $145.80.
Performances: 8:15 p.m. daily except Mondays.
Reservations: 629-7469 or www.LegendsWaikiki.com.