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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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Bomb's away! 'Book of Mormon' due for April 13-May 1 run

October 6th, 2015



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Left, Bill Harrigan Tighe as Elder Price.Bel0w, A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham.Photos courtesy "The Book of Mormon."


The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction, will open a limited three-week run April 13 to May 1 2016 at Blaisdell Concert Hall.  Expect a flurry of F-bomb, but a flock of worshippers who have been waiting for this revelatory and relevant lampoon of religion.

The playdates were announced today (Oct. 6) at a press conference where two lead actors from “Mormon’s” 1st National Touring Company — Billy Harrigan Tighe as Elder Price and A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham — appeared and spoke in an enlightening and entertaining chit-chat moderated by Hawaii-based Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre (Bloody Mary, in “South Pacific”). Visual clips from this groundbreaking giant were shown, punctuating what kind of a blockbuster this is — and it’s still running on Broadway.

Jack Lucas, president of the presenting company, WestCoast Entertainment, announced the dates, and informed the audience of 150 or so attendees that tickets for groups of 10 or more already are on sale at 593-9468 or in person at the Hawaii Opera Theatre box office near the Blaisdell, at 848 S. Beretania St. Suite 303. WestCoast’s last presentation here was “The Lion King.” “Mormon” is part of WestCoast’s Best of Broadway Honolulu series.

The profane show, with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, is directed by Casey Nicholaw (who also choreographed) and Parker. The creative team is linked to hip and hot entertainment icons: Parker and Stone are Emmy-winner creators of the “South Park” animated series, and Lopez is the Tony-winning co-author of the musical comedy with puppets, “Avenue Q.” Those shows, and this one, push the envelope on tradition.

“We’re so thankful to be back in Hawaii to present ‘The Book of Mormon,’” said Lucas of the show currently in production in Las Vegas. “It takes a village to bring it here.”

He said it would require nine 53-foot semis to ship the sets, props and costumes from Costa Mesa to Honolulu. Which sounds like the cast gets a vacation a week before flying here, the last stop on the touring calendar.

Tighe and Holmes entered “Mormon” last July as leads in London’s West End presentation and expressed delight and excitement to be part of this theatrical phenom, which lampoons Mormons but celebrates a common ground, of living in a paradise, with explosive comedy and thought-provoking insights, staged with passion and professionalism.

The storyline involves Tighe and Holmes sent to Uganda to spread the gospel of the Book of Mormon.

Tighe, who physically resembles the original lean and clean-cut Elder Price played by Andrew Ranells, said “Mormon” has been “a different show, structurally and musically … (it) moves so fast with technical challenges,” he said.

Holmes, as Elder Cunningham originally portrayed by a heftier and bushy-haired Josh Gads, said audiences initially were confused by his more slender, shorter and normally coiffed hair than Gad’s, so playing the positive but sociologically bad boy was an initial bump in the road. “I’m just strongly handsome,” he said, drawing laughs from the audience. “He succeeds in Africa because he listens to people.”

Since the pair met each other only after auditioning for the production, they had to build camaraderie and collaboration both off and on stage. Seems like mission accomplished; the pair were supportive of each other and sharing quotes in a ping-pong-like back-and-forth volley, with the astute and attuned Ables Sayre masterfully managing the rhythm.

The bottom line, said Tighes, about themselves as actors and characters in the show: “Take care of each other  … we can all work together for this paradise."

The show boasts some clichés about book-toting Mormons who travel in twos and wear white shirts with neckties and black trousers. It’s from this notion, accompanied by the expected ding-dong doorbell rings,  that the show builds a trove of outrageous songs (some naughty, some nice) and rhapsodic comedy into a baptismal farce for first-time viewers and repeat fans.

I saw this in New York  and laughed till I cried. So a national tour — including Hawaii — was a no-brainer. So I can’t wait to see it again, to experience things I might have missed.




A musical by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone


When: April 13 to May 1, 2016

Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall

Curtain time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, additional show at 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays

Tickets: On sale now only for groups of 10 or more; call 593-9468 or in person at the Hawaii Opera Theatre box office, 848 S. Beretania St., Suite 303

Prices: Preview performance, 7:30 pm. April 13: $150.50 premium, orchestra CC-G center section; $75.25 orchestra CC-Z  and balcony A-M;  $61.75 orchestra V-Z and balcony N-Q; $42.50, balcony R-S; Tuesday-Thursday evenings and Sunday evenings,

$155.50 premium orchestra CC-G center, $77.50 orchestra CC-Z and balcony A-M, $64 orchestra V-Z and balcony N-Q; $45.50 balcony R-S; Friday and Saturday evenings, $173.50 premium orchestra CC-G center, $95.50 orchestra CC-Z and balcony A-M, $80.50 orchestra V-Z and balcony N-Q, $50.50 balcony R-S;

Saturday and Sunday matinees, $173.50 premium orchestra CC-G center, $86.50 orchestra CC-Z and balcony A-M, $73 orchestra V-Z and balcony N-G, $50.50 balcony R-S; note: prices may increase for performances April 26 to May 1









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Bruno Mars is Vegas-bound for a Hooligans New Year's Eve

October 5th, 2015



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Like he did two years ago, Bruno Mars and his eight-member Hooligans will spend New Year’s Eve  ringing in 2016 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

You know it will be a sellout, so if you’re planning to be in Sin City amid the scenesters, here’s a tip: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PDT Friday (7  a.m. Hawaii time) via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or through the casino’s website,

Tickets start at $150 per person, with high-roller packages available for admission and two-night hotel stays, with prices at $1,900 for two,  or $3,700 for two for a deal with more upscale perks.

Well, it’s Bruno, right? He’s still a contender to headline the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, so popularity raises the stakes. Remember how he wowed ‘em two games ago?

Mars said in a statement released by the hotel: “Vegas, I’m coming. Let’s bring 2016 in at The Cosmopolitan.”

Doors open at 9 p.m.; the customary Mars/Hooligan  countdown will be timed for celebration at midnight.

While the show is open to family audiences, you must be 21 to make a table reservation.

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