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Prince Albert to be on hand for 'Honu' visit to Monaco

November 5th, 2015


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Hawaii’s “Honu by the Sea” musical will bring the message of aloha and the mission of ocean sustainability to Monaco  Friday (Nov. 6) and Monday (Nov. 9).

“Honu” creator Johnson Enos and his island cast of performers will present the internationally-acclaimed, Hawaii-produced environmental musical

at the 2015 BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in Monaco.

And Albert II, the reigning prince of Monaco, will be on hand. Albert is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the late Hollywood Princess Grace Kelly.

The historic performances in Monaco will be at the Oceanographic Museum, known as Temple of the Sea, and will be part of a four-day film festival and summit, according to Enos.

It is the second time that BLUE Ocean will be showcasing “Honu.” The last time was at the 2014 film festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“We are delighted that ‘Honu by the Sea’  has been invited back to perform at BLUE Ocean Film Festival; the mission of BLUE perfectly aligns with ‘Honu by the Sea’s’ message that we all need to care for our oceans and become guardians of the sea.”

The evolving production, which generally is staged as a one-act  show particularly for museum and oceanarium family audiences, this year became a full-throttle two-act expanded spectacle which ran for two weekends at the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.

The story revolves around a young beachboy named Kainoa who gets to spend a day with the denizens of sea — a honu (turtle) of the title, a shark, a crab, a seahorse and an octopus — who encounter a threatening figure who could destroy the ocean environment.

The production enables youth to become enlightened and empowered to  take on a personal mission —through the magic of musical storytelling featuring original songs, lively choreography, bright and inventive costumes, and the magic of theatrical fantasy — to help preserve the environment.

The show has made jaunts to numerous spots of the world; next year, “Honu” will appear in Tokyo.





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'Five-0' monster mash ramps up viewership

October 31st, 2015

The seasoning of the bewitching — a Frankenstein, body parts, vampires, blood bank robbers, serial slayer — helped CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” to ramp up viewership and 18 to 14 demographics overnight. An All Hallows Eve treat, for sure.

dannycharlieToss in an carguments transferred to the unnaturally foggy Koolaus, between Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan), instead of cars (so, a walkument?); Danno doing a practice solo cargument in his  car, en route to pick up an AWOL Grace (Teilor Grubbs), dressed up as a fairy for a presumed trick-or-treat Halloween party, but detoured to a North Shore gig with older kids, without telling dad or mom; when she’s in Danno’s car, he delivers the sermon to her, only to wreck his car, as he avoids hitting a darting animal crossing the dark roads.

Expectedly, ghouls and costumed celebrants  were everywhere; Jerry (Jorge Garcia), as an ample, full-bodied vampire; Max (Masi Oka), in a Keanu Reeves-inspired period garb from “Dangerous Liaisons;” Taylor Wily as, er, who-knows-precisely-what, with a headband and necklace of bones.

Serial killers are in the mix (hence, beaucoup body parts), and the procedural often felt like a blender  bounty of figures and crimes from such flicks as “Halloween,” “Scream,” “Friday the 13th,” or any spootacular franchise from the past.

This seasonal nonsense, themed “Na Pilikua Nui”  (monsters in Hawaiian),

nonetheless upped “Five-0’s” ratings to 8.3 million viewers and an 18 to 49 demo rating of 1.1, in the 8 p.m.  (9 p.m. Mainland) hour, up from last week.

With all the masked ghouls, the bludgeoned body parts and thriller tension, the episode’s final moments — with Danno and son Charlie, at Shriner’s Hospital — was warm and rewarding factor of sharing (the kid passes out chocolates to fellow patients as he departs)  and of family (dad and kid, walking hand in hand). A joyous celebration — a treat — after all that cinematic tricks.

ABC’s “Shark Tank,” a competitor in the hour, posted a better 1.4 demo and  with 6.09 million  viewers, fewer than “Five-0.” The night’s champ for audience was Fox’s World Series Game 3, with 12.51 million viewers, and a runaway 18 to 49 demo of 3.1 for  the 7 to 10 p.m. (8 to 11 p.m. Mainland) block. Numbers may change, when Nielsen makes the usual adjustments.

CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), was the night’s most secure regular show, with 9.54 million viewers and an 18 to 14 demo rating of 1.1, equaling “Five-0.” And ABC’s “20/20,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), was just behind “Blue Bloods” with 8.16 million tuned in, and a better 18 to 49 rating, 1.7.


Hello, mudder; hello fodder

October 25th, 2015


It was “Tough Mudder” — and rough fodder — on Friday’s (Oct. 23)  “Hawaii  Five-0.”

The fifth episode of the CBS procedural’s sixth season mixed motorcycle mania with a plot of dirty mud as the “Five-0” team  prepped for a race in the mud to kokua a police fundraiser, contrasted by a family taunted by criminal elements and a dad shot by his daughter because he was willing to deliver a deposition.

muddyLoopy, but ‘twasn’t a Halloween episode. That one’s next Friday.

The episode, entitled “Ka ‘alapahi nui (Big Lie),” was unexpected muddy fodder. Must’ve been fun, though, filming those training bits in the goopy muck. But the episode also boasted souped-up cycles — one soaring in the air from one high-rise to another — plus classic machines for cycling culture. Even a real-life biker biggie, Robbie Knieval (son of Evel Knieval).

The road warrior stunts, with cops in pursuit of cyclists on the H-3 — were smartly filmed with stunning aerial footage — are the common stuff of procedurals. But some of the plot turns, like a daughter eliminating her father because of past issues, was hard to fathom. Fiction flies only so far.

Oh,  Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) saddled up in a cycle for this one. Another fun instance.

The carguments were back, with Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), having a go like old times, without repeating the woes of McG’s heartache of the departed Catherine (Michelle Borth). And yep, there will be more future ponderings about Kono (Grace Park) and her Adam (Ian Anthony  Dale); there are still loose strings of unfinished business.

But the ratings? Not much fodder — not many surprises:

Most watched show: CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), with 10.27 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics.

Best in the demos: ABC’s “Shark Tank,” at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland), with a 1.5 18 to 49 demo and 6.28 million viewers.

Holding up at runners-up in the demos, all with 1.2 ranking in the 18 to 49 demos: ABC’s “Last Man Standing,”at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Mainland), ABC’s “Dr. Ken,” at 7:30 p.m.; ABC’s “20/20,” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), with 5.20 million viewers, and the aforementioned “Blue Bloods.:

Struggling to remain in the game : CBS’ “Amazing Race,” at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Mainland), with 1.1 18 to 49 demos, and CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,”at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland), with a 1.0 18 to 49 demo and 8.39 million viewers.

"Five-0" fantatics will retort that their fave show is No. 2 on Fridays, but they may still have mud in their eyes,  forgetting that the demos are what matters most to the networks since they mandate advertising rates.


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A master class for singers, by a masterful Shari Lynn

October 23rd, 2015

Entertainer Shari Lynn, who recently concluded a triumphant performance in “Side by Side by Sondheim” at Paliku Theatre, has had a multi-tiered career as a singer, actor and educator.

While she continues to perform — in gigs large and small — she is ramping up her teaching, not for youths as she has been doing daytime nearly two decades at Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, but as a master class professional eager to share her experience and savvy in prepping for an audition to land a role. The wider community reach is an expansion of her private voice lessons she’s been giving for two decades. Besides, it’s never out of fashion to learn more and improve.

linnAt last year’s Maui Jazz Festival with Tommy James on piano, she presented a vocal class for part-time singers and pros who wanted to acquire a few more skills to polish their talent.

This time, she’s bringing that concept for her Honolulu colleagues, with a master class — on Halloween day — from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Manoa School of Art and Music at Manoa Marketplace’s Toby Hall.

“The technique I use is based on the same one used by Neva (Rego) and Betty (Grierson)

at the Bel Canto School of Singing,” said Shari. “I still study with Neva and I have attended many workshops for jazz and cabaret performers, teachers of musical theater and acting singers. I believe we should never stop learning and improving.”

With five decades of experience as a performer, she dubs herself as a “performance” coach, having gigged in every conceivable situation.

“So many singers don’t know their keys, or how to amass a repertoire or how to work with musicians, or how to phrase or gesture or ‘take the stage’ or even dress properly.”

She’s got answers and techniques to share, even tips on how to properly use a microphone or where to look when singing a love song.

“On the Mainland, ‘chick singers’ had a bad name among jazz musicians,” she said. “Women would call themselves ‘singers’ without knowing anything about music theory or the business. I would like female singers to earn the same respect as instrumentalists. And you earn it with the knowledge that experience and education bring to your performance.”

The class is open to any singer 10 or older, with a limit of 10 for the class.

Prospective students should  come prepared to sing a Great American Songbook  standard (the likes of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Hart, etc.) and bring a lead piano sheet in his or her key for accompanist Jim Howard. Carolyn Stanton, owner of Manoa School of Art and Music, will handle registration and inform applicants how to contact Shari for preparation instructions.

Once chosen, singers will perform and the instructor will critique; the performers and the discussions will be open to the entire class, so other participants learn from

everyone’s performances.

“It just feels good to help people succeed,” said Shari.


Shari Lynn’s Master Class

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31

Where: Manoa Schoolf Art & Music at Manoa Marketplace, Toby’s Hall, 2754 Woodlawn Drive, #7-103

Who: Open to singers 10 and older; auditors may attend, at reduced fee (no critique or performance)

Cost: $75 per person

Information: Call or text 779-5363 to register, or visit and leave message and email



Two upcoming Shari Lynn performances


What: Jazz Peace Concert, with Alika Lyman on bass, Joshua Kaye on piano

When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 24)

Where: Valley of the Temples, Kahaluu


What: Shari Lynn Trio, with pianist Jim Howard and bassist John Kolivas

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30

Where: Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace

Cost: $20 cover

Information: 779-5363


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Bruno Mars to co-produce a TV comedy with Brian Grazer

October 9th, 2015

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Hawaii’s Bruno Mars, who just turned 30 today (Oct. 8), has a TV show on the horizon.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Mars — a Grammy-winning composer-singer whose co-composition with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” was a No. 1 hit earlier this year — will produce a sitcom pilot which likely will showcase his music.

The proposed series, not yet named, is being penned by Prentice Penny (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Happy Endings”) and focuses on a boisterous musical family in Bronx, New York, that takes in a 10-year-old relative.

The show’s executive producer is Brian Grazer (co-founder of “Imagine Entertainment” and producer of such films as“A Beautiful Mind,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Apollo 13”), who happens to own a home in Sunset Beach on Oahu.

Mars is part of an evolving roster of music figures venturing in TV producing. Nicki Minaj is executive producer of a family comedy based on her life, but will be appear in it; Pitbull is executive-producing “305,” a Fox drama based on Miami.



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