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The Brice is right-on in DHT's 'Funny Girl'

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October 15th, 2012



lBetter late than never: I regret not taking in Diamond Head Theatre’s “Funny Girl,” in the prime of its run.
I coulda, shoulda, woulda conveyed my delight and thrill with Broadway/film classic so you mighta been able to go see, too.
But I attended the final (heldover) matinee performance Sunday (Oct. 14) ... and was thoroughly charmed and enchanted by local girl Isabelle “Izzy” Decauwert, in the lead role of Fanny Brice, the character that gave Barbra Streisand her ticket to superstardom.
Decauwert quickly made you forget Babs, from the first “Hello Gorgeous” in front of the mirror, to her final curtain belter with real tears.
Hers was a gorgeous, textured, layered performance – equal parts singing and laughs ... and a skosh of dancing, too.
The point: Decauwert inhabited Brice, making her right-on in every respect: an ugly duckling (in her estimation), strutting to become a swan; a laugh-maker, hoping to be taken seriously; a nobody, aching to become a somebody; an aging single, looking to be a bride.
Through the stagecraft of the storytelling, all of the above happens, of course.
As a guest artist with Island roots, Decauwert had to go away — to New York, on national tours, working with stage wigs — to earn her passage back. It was worth the wait.
And happily, she let her hair down in a pivotal role of a classic show biz legend.
She sang the show’s most formidable tunes, “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” but Decauwert was possibly best and most emotional on her
“You Are Woman, I Am Man” duet with her suitor/husband, Nick Arnstein (Benoit Weber), blending her vocal and comedic finesse into a perfect mirror of her divided emotions. He, of course, was a device — the smooth romantic who had a bad habit — and was the perfect foil for Fanny’s dreams and disappointments.
The cast was filled with more gems than on a bracelet: Shari Lynn, who played Fanny in 1988, was Mrs. Brice, the very Jewish mama of Fanny, bringing with her pipes and a cache of illuminating past credits. She was spot-on in group numbers like “If a Girl Isn’t Pretty” and duets like “Who Taught Her Everything.
As Eddie Ryan, the backstage guy and buddy of Fanny, Bradley Moon was devoted and patient as they come in grooming the chanteuse with her onstage presence.
And Lisa Konove displayed her substantial comedic manner to Mrs. Strakosh, providing balance and buoyancy in her relationship with Mrs. Brice.
In the entrepreneurial Florenz Ziefeld character, Bob Frederick didn’t sing leads but provided a veneer of show biz authority and acclaim.
Director-choreographer John Rampage raised the high-water mark with this one, filling the stage with joyful movement and enchantingly staged songs, though the limited stage space and access provided huge challenges to “choreograph” Willie Sabel’s pair of scrappy set staircases to fit the landscape. And kudos to costumer Lacy Rohlf, whose wizardry was best showcased in the Ziegfeld showgirls finery.
Emmett Yoshioka, of course, conducted his eight-piece orchestra, making it sound twice the size.
But “Funny Girl” has played its final show — it's history now — so I apologize about sharing my glee belatedly. If you're among the people who've seen this, you're among the luckiest people in the world.

'Last Resort' is fourth, holding its own on Thursday

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October 12th, 2012



“Last Resort,” ABC’s Thursday night filmed-in-Hawaii drama, continues to hold its own in Nielsen TV ratings in the 7 p.m. hour (8 p.m. Mainland) even if its numbers are on a slippery slope compared to last week.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was the night’s top card, with 13.77 million viewers and a 4.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics; and “Two and a Half Men,” which shared the hour, followed with 11.74 million and a 3.4 rating in the demos.
Fox’s “The X-Factor” reality series was third with 8.25 million and a 2.9 rating
But “Last Resort” was in fourth place, with 6.9 million viewers and a 4.4/7 in the demos,
beating out NBC’s pair of comedies, “30 Rock” and “Up All Night.”
“30 Rock” attracted 3.82 million viewers (and a 1.4 in demos) and “Up All Night” had 3.46 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.
Further, The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” may be finding its niche, too, with 3.48 million viewers and a respectable 1.6 demos.
Preliminary figures for the vice presidential de
bate over the two hours:
8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland):
• CBS, 8.3 million, 5.3/8.
• ABC, 7.5 million, 4.7/7.
• NBC, 7.1 million, 4.4/6.
• FOX, 5.35 million, 3.2/5.
9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland):
• CBS, 8.45 million, 5.4/8; analysis, 6.1 million, 4.0/6.
• NBC, 7 million, 4.4/7; analysis, 5.8 million, 3.8/6.
• ABC, 7.2 million, 4.6/7; analysis, 5.4 million, 3.7/6.

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Less-is-more concept works for 'Hawaii Five-0'

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October 9th, 2012



The decluttering has begun. The less-is-more concept helped "Hawaii Five-0" with an upward movement Monday (Oct. 8) night.
Or perhaps the shark scare, with Steve McGarrett and Danno Williams adrift in the Pacific without fuel or a cellphone, helped boost the floundering CBS procedural, which had been idling and floating so far this season.
For Monday ratings, the "Five-0" demographics were up and viewership also increased a skosh.
The good news: “Five-0” was No. 2 in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) time slot, up from No. 3 a week ago; “Five-0” matched the 2.2 rating in the key 8 to 49 demographics of ABC’s “Castle,” its most formidable competitor.
The bad news: In viewership numbers, “Castle” was still No. 1 with 10.562 million, compared with “Five-0’s” 9.006 million (but better than NBC’s “Revolution’s” 8.206 million).
The preliminary Nielsen ratings — which could be inflated somewhat, since CBS carried Monday Night Football in Houston, and the figures have not yet been adjusted — offers hope for improvement for the home-based series.
The streamlined story — a hijacking of a boat, a murder, a plot involving a disintegrating marriage between the wife and the murder victim — focused solely on McG and Danno, complete with frisky but overworked bickering and arguments in a time of crisis. OK, there was a volley of give-and-take between McG (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan), in a blame-and-enflame game hardly realistic (except in their relationship) where teamwork might have been tantamount.
But this was as focused and minimalist as anything seen this season. Precise, pointed, pertinent. And very rare in the annals of the "Five-0" reboot.
Further, Kono Kalakaua’s (Grace Park) relationship with cousin Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) also had revealing, isolated details; she still worried over the loss of his wife, he still was adamant that her rekindled romantic liaison with a rescuer (remember, she was in deep kim chee, also in the ocean, as season two ended) who has ties to the Yakuza, portending revisits of this sticky issue in the stories ahead.
In short, the segment spotlighted relationships without the tedium and clutter of unnecessary characters and details. This was clearly a departure from all other episodes, where story arcs and folks from the past impede the storytelling.
It was a relief that the spotlight was on character traits and behavior, with a taut script that magnified the relationship. Less is more.
Overall, NBC was No. 1 in the 18 to 49 demos, thanks to “The Voice” (4.7 adults demo, 12.577 million viewers). ABC had the most total viewers, because of “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1 adults demo, 13.331 million) and “Castle;” and CBS had ‘em laughing with its “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike and Molly” and “Partner” comedies.

Sharks jeopardizing 'Five-0' so it's time to sound the alarm

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October 7th, 2012



The Monday (Oct.8) “Hawaii Five-0” episode is perilous for Steve McGarrett and Danno Williams; entitled “Lana I Ka Moana (Adrift),” the two are sailing and their boat is hijacked.
So they’re dumped into the vast ocean, with a leaky inflatable, and you betcha, they’re shark bait.
Out there. Alone. Swimming for their life.
McG and Danno still have a cargument, but it's in a teeny and sinking lifeboat, and they need desparate help.
Is this third show of season three — and the floundering principals in a bad situation — a mirror of the fate of “Five-0,” afloat without a safety net or a lifeline?
Which brings up the seemingly minimal promotion by the network, which once regarded “Five-0” as the No. 1 new show of the (first) season.
As disappointing ratings have shoved the Island show to the No. 3 slot in its Monday schedule (9 p.m. here, 10 p.m. Mainland), isn’t a lifeline to refloat the series in order.
Wassup?
So far this year, the CBS promos newbies like “Elementary” and “Partners.” That’s the role of the network, after all. It boosted “Five-0” two years ago.
And curiously, on a Time-Warner Cable spot focusing on new and hit CBS shows for on-demand viewing, “Five-0” is not part of that promotional service even if it’s one of the series available for later viewing.
You see Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid from “Vegas,” Michael Urie from “Partners.” And there's Tom Selleck of "Blue Bloods," too, which premiered the same year of "Five-0's" debut.
Inadvertent snub of “Five-0”? Or have folks fallen out of love with us?
This may be irrelevant, but this kind of misstep could be a contributing reason why "Five-0" is on the glide. Perhaps the shark content — "Jaws," anyone? — will goose up viewership. Or not.
The competish is tougher this year, with NBC's "Revolution" and ABC's "Castle" attracting more dedicated viewers, so clearly, there needs to be something the network can do rekindle interest. Yes, upgrade scripts would be one issue; remember, there’s still rampant clutter with new characters and new and old story arcs taking away focus on the principal “Five-0” crew: McG, Danno, Chin Ho Kelly, Kono Kalakaua.
“Five-0” could use a booster shot to cure the ills; it remains a popular show, even if it’s overshadowed by the prevailing drama powerhouses CBS dramas, "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."
The NCIS franchise is not walking on thin ice, with the original with Mark Harmon the No. 1 TV drama; the spinoff with Chris O’Donnell and L.L. Cool J is No. 2. And likely to hold up all season.
Without some quick changes, “Five-0” and its cast and crew could be in jeopardy; and, no I don’t mean Alex Trebek’s game show. There is an off-air reality at stake; how much longer will the wait continue before some kind of action is taken.
If you’re a loyal viewer, you might inquire and seek answers about the “Five-0” dilemma at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/
Or for starters, share your opinions here. ...

Is 'Last Resort' auditioning extras for filming work?

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October 7th, 2012



For those who’ve emailed wondering if ABC’s “Last Resort” is hiring locals for extra work, the answer is yes ... or at least maybe.
There is a site where applicants can get their toes in the sub. Or, door, if you will.
“‘Last Resort’ has several roles available for aspiring actors and submissions for auditions and casting calls throughout the season are being accepted now,” according to an email alert. “This is your chance to make your big break on a network drama, from one of the most successful television producers of the past decade.”
The respected creator and visionary behind the show is Shawn Ryan, whose previous hits include “The Shield” and “The Unit.”
"Last Resort" is a budding ABC hit at 7 p.m. Thursday (8 p.m. Mainland) slot, preceding “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The series stars Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman who are attached to the U.S. Navy’s nuclear ship Colorado but they defy orders from Washington to fire missiles on Pakistan. They retreat to an island (Hawaii, again portraying a fictional island) where there are rogue sailors, so the suspense takes place under water and on “foreign” turf.
Because the drama is positioned opposite powerhouse CBS comedies ("Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men"), ratings are encouraging for a new show against established hits.
Back to auditions and extras: A multitude of “types” are apparently needed. The online instructions state that inquiries should be sent to this email: backgroundservices@centralcasting.com.
To visit the site announcing the talent call, go to http://www.castingcallhub.com/last-resort-abc/

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