An award-winning Broadway star and a legendary musical based on the lives of a pop foursome are heading to the Blaisdell Concert Hall next year. Both shows were put on pause and postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lea Salonga, the Filipina songbird who evolved into a Broadway musical star, returns to the Blaisdell Concert Hall at 8 p.m. May 20 and 21, 2022. Salonga earned a Tony Award for creating the role of Kim in “Miss Saigon,” which was a Best Musical nominee in 1991.

Lea Salonga

Salonga also has deep connections with “Les Miserables,” becoming the first actress of Asian descent to play the roles of Eponine and  Fantine on Broadway.  She also enacted Eponine and Fantine, respectively, in the musical’s  10th and 25th anniversary concerts in London.

Movie fans also know her as the singing voice of two official Disney Princesses:  Jasmine in “Aladdin” (1992) and Mulan in “Mulan” (1998). She was named a Disney Princess in 2011 for her work with the Walt Disney Company.

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And “Jersey Boys,” the hit Broadway musical which tracks the lives and tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will finally continue its roadshow  stop from Sept. 13 through 25 at Blaisdell Concert Hall.  The show was a Best Musical Tony winner in 2006, with original Valli performer John Lloyd Young snagging a Best Leading Actor in a Musical trophy. The show ran through 2017 and an off-Broadway revival emerged prior to the health crises, then was shuttered but was scheduled to return in the smaller venue this month.

The current touring production was sidelined, like most other shows here and abroad, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but original ticket purchases will be honored, if you already have seats. Otherwise, tickets are available at

‘Tis the season

Must be the season – a cluster of new CDs are being released, clearly in time for the holiday season.

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro’s “ Jake & Friends,” with guest chirpers including Willie Nelson, arrived earlier this month. It’s chock full of guest singers, whose presence give the disc global interest. Folks like Bette Midler, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Jimmy Buffett, and Ziggy Marley join in this tidal wave of ukulele cheer.

Robert Cazimero’s  new album is entitled “Mine,” just out. Haven’t heard it, but if it’s Robert, it’s gotta be heavenly great.

John Kolivas and his Honolulu Jazz Quartet will preview their new jazz collection, with a University of Hawaii Outreach College telecast at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 12), viewable without cost by registering at…

Streetlight Cadence’s newbie “Midnight” will be out after the holidays, with the quarter launching a $30,000 kickstarter campaign to help finance the product.  Visit

And that’s Show Biz …

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