Keali‘i Reichel will return to the Blue Note Hawaii stage with six shows over four days, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Reichel is the award-winning Maui-based kumu hula, singer, composer, choreographer, chanter and dancer, known for his traditional Hawaiiana and his creations with a contemporary mele.

Keal’i Reichel

Dancers from his Halau Kealaokamaile hula studio will take the stage, along with guest artists to be announced soon.

With most of Hawaii’s musicians favoring the more intimate venues like Blue Note, anchored at the Outrigger Waikiki resort vs. larger concert spaces, this residency will quickly sell out.

Tickets are $85 and $125, costlier than his previous performances there, but Reichel is noted for including halau dancers in the mix of his classic and newer repertoire.

Reservations: or (808) 777-4890. …

Also at Blue Note

Bandsmen of the distant past continue to give periodic performances, albeit with a nostalgic twist, and two scheduled at Blue Note include:

Danny Seraphine
  • “Take Me Back to Chicago Tour,” featuring musicians from two pop/rock acts of an earlier era. Danny Seraphine, co-founding lead singer and drummer of Chicago, and Jeff Coffey, guitarist during the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), will assemble at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9. Doors open at 5 p.m. (first show) and 8:30 p.m. (second show). Tickets: $25 and $35. Reservations: or (808) 777-4890. …
  • The Commodores, minus Lionel Ritchie, will concertize at 8 pm. Dec. 15 through 18 (doors open at 6 p.m.), with original band members Walter “Clyde” Orange, James Dean “JD” Nicholas and William “WAK” King  recreating the classic bluesy funk and rockaballads of an earlier year. Tickets: $85, $95, $125. Reservations: or (808) 777-4890. …

Here ’n’ there

Out Hilo way, the original musical based on characters and themes from a pair of books by poet Frances Kakugawa’s “Wordsworth” series, has sold out its run of matinee shows for grade school Department of Education students, set for Nov. 1-3 at the theater at the University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus.

The play features a mouse-poet, who advocates creating poetry to get through dark times, and provides valuable insights of life lessons. Kids from kindergarten to fifth grade will be attending, and there is an extensive waiting list not likely to diminish.

So parents with young children may want to consider booking the public performances, at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. …

The Annual Celebrities and Their Pets Fashion Show – part of the Young at Heart Expo — will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. The pets and celebs event will be at noon, with notables strutting with pooches and kitties who’ll be the ones in fashionable costumes. Admission is free. Al Waterson hosts. …

Broadway grosses, week ending Sept. 4

Maybe it’s because of the 76 trombones, or more likely, Hugh Jackman as Prof. Harold Hill in the titular role in “The Music Man,” that keep this one atop the Broadway gross list: it amassed $2.863 million last week.

Other leaders: “Hamilton” with $2.106 million, at No. 2; “MJ –the Michael Jackson Musical,” with  $1.76 million, at No. 3; and   “The Lion King,” with $1.757 million, at No. 4.

The list is courtesy The Broadway League:

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For no reason the other day, I had a momentary flashback to…


What’s that, you ask?

If you are of a certain age, you should recall this curious but fun “art project,” where your grade school teacher would hand out oversized sheets of paper to hand-craft, or finger-paint a scene.

The paint was a liquified goo, oozing and swishing as you ran your fingers and hands, creating images that had to be dried.

And yep, you got to take this art home for your parents’ gallery of childhood creativity.

Your fingers and hand were “paintbrushes” in fingerpainting.

I recall the paint had a special smell and pasty texture.

Then today, I got an errant email about making-your-own paint for fingerpainting.

The scent must be from corn starch and sugar, yielding the oozy quality.

Single fingers can create still-life flowers

I don’t remember if the teacher made the paint – or it was a staple product back in the day  –but an attached recipe (that showed up in my email) shows you can revive this art form for your child or grandchild.

The colors come from food coloring. Of course, the primary hues, when mixed, result in new colors. Like red and blue yields purple; blue and yellow, green.

Recipe for fingerpaints.

The painting style may vary, using your hands and fingers to swish  amid blobs of several colors; or single finger to paint, create, with you digits as brushes, to create still-life flowers or landscapes.

Suggestion: when the dry out, you can create note cards covers by cutting the art to card size and securing with rubber cement or double-sided tape.

 If nothing else, it’s a silly but fun stroll down memory lane.


To mark the 75th  anniversary of the birth of the United States Air Force, OLELO Channel 53 (Spectrum) and Channel 1053 ( Hawaiian Telcom) will present the world television premiere of Joe Moore’s 2007 play, “Prophecy & Honor  – The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell,” at 6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 4).

 Additional telecasts will be at 4 p.m. Monday (Labor Day, Sept. 5), at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6), and at 10 p.m. Wednesday  (Sept. 7.)

“Prophecy & Honor” was a rare theatrical event,  with Hollywood names performing alongside local actors. Such casting was a coup then, and remains one of the most ambitious stage endeavors here.

The archival video to be shown is a revised version of a live production staged Aug. 19, 2007, at the Hawaii Theatre. The show was a benefit produced by and for the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

Joe Moore

Moore penned the play in 1992, which was performed at Diamond Head Theatre in 1993.
The central character is Gen. Billy Mitchell, regarded as the Father of the U.S. Air Force, and the drama focuses on his sensational court martial in 1925 for insubordination; he was critical of the nation’s top military and civilian leaders for disgraceful condition of aviation, and not providing a proper pace to air power in organizing the national defense of the country).

Of special interest to Hawaii viewers, the court martial reveals chilling details of his prediction – 16 years before it actually happened – of Japan’s surprise attack of Pearl Harbor, which triggered the start of World War II.

Richard Dreyfuss

Moore appears as Mitchell and Richard Dreyfuss as Congressman Frank Reid (Mitchell’s civilian defense lawyer), and the  impressive cast includes  George Segal and Terence Knapp as the military prosecuting lawyers, Don Stroud as Mitchell’s military defense lawyer, David Farmer as the court-martial judge, Dezmond Gilla as the Pilot Narrator and Frank DeLima as Congressman Fiorello LaGuardia.  Others in the cast include Allen Cole, Matthew Pedersen, Teresa Moore, Bree Bumatai, Greg Howell, George O’Hanlon, Bob Whiting, Rico Tudor and Bill Bigelow.

$3 Movies!

Today (Sept. 3) is National Cinema Day, with Consolidated theaters offering $3 admission, $3 popcorn and $3 sodas today. (The snack costs are for any size).

But unless you already have tickets to the more popular features, you’re out of luck. Features such as “Top Gun: Maverick,” “League of Superpets,” “Thor: Love and Thunder,” and “Spiderman: No Way Home” are wholly sold out.
Regal screens also should have the $3 tickets, if not already gone.

Beats the $7 promotion for tickets at Tuesday shows ($10 at Ward and Kahala). Can’t get any cheaper, unless it’s free!

And all that jazz

The Dan Del Negro Trio  will be featured in an evening of jazz  at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Medici’s at Manoa Maketplace. The combo features Del Negro on piano, Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums, and Shawn Conley on bass. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner service ($75). Reservations:  or (808) 351-0901 …

The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, led by John Kolivas, does two shows tomorrow (Sept. 4) at Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki resort. Showtimes are at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with doors opening at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $25 and $35. Reservations: (808) 777-4890 or …

And that’s Show Biz.


Willkommen to “Cabaret,” when Manoa Valley Theatre revives the Tony and Oscar-winning evergreen musical beginning Sept. 8. Finally, the new season launches in September.

MVT will convert its black box environs to reimagine the Kit Kat Klub, the seedy Berlin nightclub, “where everything is beautiful,” as the Emcee declares. The theater will have limited VIP cabaret seating, with tables and chairs, atmospherically creating the vibes of the club.

Up front seats on both sides of stage will put you as close as you can be without being a cast member.

 So who’s playing who?

Gage Thomas

Gage Thomas will enact the role of the Emcee, who welcomes the audience as host of the evening. Other cast members: Nick Amador (Cliff Bradshaw),  Marisa Noelle (Sally Bowles), Susan Hawes (Fraulein Schneider),Sally Swanson  (Fraulein Kost), Mo Radke (Herr Schultz),  Rob Duval (Ernst Ludwig), Marcus Stanger (Max). The Kit Dancers are Alex ZinovEmily NorthTaylan ClaroAsha DuMonthier, Chloe TowerSean Kaya,  Eriq James, with Olivia Manayan the female swing. 

Alex Munro is director, Maka‘i Nash is musical director, assisted by Justin Garde; Dwayne Sakaguchi is choreographer, Shell Dalzell is technical director, Willie Sable, is set designer and scenic artist; Calitin Tong is prop designer, Janine Myers is lighting designer, Maile Speetjens  is costume designer, Lisa Ponce de Leon is makeup designer, Lock Lynch is sound designer and engineer, Aly Sutton is stage manager, and director assistants are Aiko Denise Chinen and Olivia Manayan. 

The Tony-winning show, still running on Broadway and an Oscar-winning film that triggered cinematic interest in musical productions, needs little introduction. Germanic sentiments are high, and the Emcee tracks the tale about the American writer Bradshaw, who is attracted to the saucy Sally Bowles, and embraces folks surviving under the cloud of the Third Reich.

The score, by the prolific duo comprising Fred Kander and Fred Ebb, includes songs that would fit a jukebox, including the title song, plus other memorable ditties shared by different characters, such as “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Perfectly Marvelous,” “Two Ladies,” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” and “Money.”  

Playdates are Sept. 8 to 25, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays,  with 3 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets: $42 for adults,  $37 for seniors and military, and $24 for youths 25 and younger, available at or at (808) 988-6131.

Outside beverages or food are prohibited, but in-theater beverage service will be available, as expected at a cabaret. …

Hot and Cole

Over at Diamond Head Theatre, Cole Porter’s beloved shipboard musical, “Anything Goes,” sets sail Sept. 9, playing through Sept. 25.

The tale involves Reno Sweeney, a nightclub songstress and evangelist, who is booked on the S.S. Americana, sailing to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, is a stowaway, to be close to his love, Hope Harcourt, but there’s a problem – she’s engaged to Moonface Martin.

So the love triangle has to be resolved, but enroute to the finale, there’s a body of Porter songs and lyrics  – think, “Anything Goes,” “Easy to Love,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “All Through the Night” – plus tap-dancing sailors and a smidgen of blackmail, all leading up to the grand finale.
The characters are based on the original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, and on a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

Andrew Sakaguchi will portray Billy Crocker, Jody Bill is Reno Sweeney, Christine Kluvo plays Hope Harcourt; Ahnya Chang is Erma, and Matthew Pedersen enacts Moonface Martin.

John Rampage is directing, with tap choreography by Caryn Yee and musical direction by Jenny Shiroma

Performances are at 7:30 p.m.  Thursdays through Saturdays, at 3 p.m. Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays (no Saturday matinee Sept. 10).

Tickets:$25-$35, available at or (808) 733-0274.

The Three Phantoms

“The Three Phantoms,” a musical  revue featuring actors who have played the Phantom, will be a Broadway-extra of sorts, when it plays at 7 pm. Oct. 29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

Craig Schulman

Hawaii theater will remember Craig Schulman, whose performance as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” made him an instant fave of locals, and he is featured with Keith Buterbaugh, Gary Mauer, and Dan Riddle in an evening of Broadway tunes not just from “The Phantom of the Opera,” in which Schulman donned the mask, but not here.

This  program will include male repertoire from  Great White Way solo, duet and trio renderings of faves from “Phantom,” “Les Miz,” “Miss Saigon,” and other possibilities from “Damn Yankees,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “South Pacific,” and “Kiss Me Kate.”

An earlier version of “The Three Phantoms” previously played here, with a different cast.

Tickets: $30 to $50, available at or (808) 528-0506. …

Boys will be boys

After two years of waiting, because of the pandemic, the Tony-winning “Jersey Boys” will finally open Sept. 13 and run through Sept. 25,at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Yep, the musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will finally make its Hawaii premiere in a two-week run.

You know the hits: “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,”  “Dawn,” ”Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “My Eyes Adore You,” among others.

Tickets previously bought will be accepted for the run, but for questions, visit the Blaisdell box office or visit to verify the new playdates. Tickets start at $45.

Broadway grosses, for week ending Aug. 28

There were no $3 million shows last week, though the usual top grossing productions prevailed.

“The Music Man” pulled in $2,716 million, for No. 1.

“Hamilton,” at  $2,072 million, was No. 2.

“The Lion King,” with $1,795 million,  was No. 3.

And at No. 4, “MJ,” the Michael Jackson musical,  was a skosh behind “King” at $1,731 million.

The week’s grosses, courtesy The Broadway League:

And that’s Show Biz. …