“A Robert Cazimero Christmas,” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Leeward Community Theatre, will be themed “E Ho‘i I Ke Kumu,” which Cazimero describes as a “Return to the Source.”
The shows will bring him “back to the reason for the season,” referring to his halau fundraiser programs last season that were an astounding achievement and a crowd-pleaser. And as The Brothers Cazimero, with his late bro Roland Cazimero, Robert and his entourage always treasure the holiday season with annual staging of mele and hula to celebrate the joyous holiday season.
Clearly, Robert is a revered master of his craft and his career as a singer-musician-composer-kumu hula are unparalleled. His signature Hawaiian music and dance are legendary, as previously demonstrated in Lei Day spectacles and showcases from the prestigious Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room, infrequent gigs at Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki resort, or the monthly Full Moon Concerts at Chef Chai’s bistro. But no doubt, Cazimero’s twinkle and jingle are especially radiant and luminous during the Christmas season.
As one who commands format and structure, Cazimero said, “I’ve decided the two halves as ‘Christmas Green’ and ‘Christmas White,’” which could refer to color and season, meaning tropical and green and wintery white.
“I’ve finished the script, and the show will be mine,” Cazimero said of ownership and originality, and he’ll corral his usual cast of vocalists, dancers, and musicians.
“My gents of HNKOL (Halau Na Kamalei O Likolehua) will sing, chant, drum, and dance, and I will have three ladies from the RDC (Royal Dance Company), Ka‘ohi Yojo Daniels, Noheahiwahiwa Stibbard and U`ilani T Lum.
My band members will include Kaipo Hale, Keala Chock and Richard Heirakuji. My very special guest will be the lovely Kalena Delima Parrish. I think it’s going to be quite a show,” he boasted…
“A Robert Cazimero Christmas”
What: A celebration of the holidays, in Hawaiian music and dance
When: At 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10
Where: Leeward Community College Theatre
Tickets: $30 to $55, available at the Leeward box office at (808) 455-0385 or online https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=leecc
“Wille K: Lahaina Son”
”Willie K – Life on Stage 4,” the Emme’s Island Moments show containing the last interviews of the late island star, Willie Kahaiali‘i (pictued), will be revived with updated content and aired on Hawaii News Now as a Thanksgiving week special.
Playdates are 9 p.m. Nov. 19 on KHNL, 9 p.m. Nov. 20 and 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Emme Producer-host Emme Tomimgbang Burns has retitled the show, “Willie K: Lahaina Son,” with a new focus on Willie’s Lahaina roots, in light of the August wildfires that destroyed his Maui hometown. Willie’s siblings and extended family lost their homes, and almost their lives, fleeing from the disastrous blazes.
“Willie has been gone for five years, which is difficult to believe,” said Tomimbang Burns. “But he’s been on my mind since the fires. He would be heartbroken over the loss of life and belongings, but he would be the first to stage a concert or fundraiser to help those who need it most. Maybe we need be reminded of Willie’s beautiful fighting spirit at this time to encourage us all to keep going.”…
Broadway grosses for week ending Oct. 22
“Merrily We Roll Along” has rolled up to second place, in last week’s Broadway grosses. The Stephen Sondheim musical stars Daniel Radcliff (pictured), Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez.
The Top 10:
1 — “The Lion King,” $2,063 million.
2 –-“ Merrily We Roll Along,” $1,820 million.
3 –“Wicked,” $1,809 million.”
4 — “ Hamilton,” $1,801 million.
5 –“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” $1,710 million.
6 –“ MJ The Musical,” $1,577 million.
7 — “Aladdin,” $1,279 million.
8 –“Back to the Future: The Musical,” $1,257 million.
9 –“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” $1,252 million.
10 –“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” $,194 million.
The full list of last week’s grosses, courtesy The Broadway League:
And that’s Show Biz. …