On The Scene
"BIRDIE" BACK AT ACT: Choreographer Katherine L. Jones, third from left, celebrated with cast members James Santos (Albert), left, Shanan Colvin (Rosie) and Joey Caldarone (Conrad Birdie) at the opening night cast party for Army Community Theatre's "Bye Bye Birdie" last Thursday at Richardson Theatre on Fort Shafter. A Broadway hit in 1960, the musical is the original version of the story and is much darker and condescending in its treatment of teen idols and rock 'n' roll than was the ever-popular 1963 film. The character relationships are also quite different, but Santos and Colvin give ACT's production some sweet moments in the lead roles. "Birdie" plays at Richardson Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays through May 24. Call 438-4480.
CHAMPIONS SPORTS BAR GRAND OPENING: Go-go dancer/artists' model Denise Epstine joined veteran event promoter Rick Rock Friday as he presided over the grand opening of Champions Sports Bar at Keeaumoku and Young streets. The "bar" includes a yakiniku restaurant and several private karaoke rooms. Rock is assisting with theme nights and music programming.
MITCHELL SUPERB -- AGAIN! Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell, third from left, talked backstage May 7 with Ramon Del Barrio, left, Anita Hall and Mihana Souza after giving a superb performance as the headliner of the Hawaii Romance Festival's "Most Romantic Songs Ever Written ... Part 2" concert at Hawaii Theatre. Mitchell's rendition of "This Nearly Was Mine," which he sang without a microphone, was the creme de la creme of a stellar performance.
"CIRQUE DREAMS" PARTY AT COMPADRES: "Balancing Giraffes" Vladimir Dovgan, third from left, and Anatoliy Yeniy were flanked May 6 by "Contorting Lizards" Odgerel Oyunbaatar, left, Buyankhishig Ganbaatar, Erdenesuvd Ganbaatar and Uranmandakh Amarsanaa at the opening night party for the cast of "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy" at Compadres. The four contortionists stole the show in Act 1. The "Giraffes" balancing act was breathtaking in Act 2. They open on Broadway June 16.
MRAZ MARVELOUS AT THE SHELL: Jason Mraz, center, entertained more than 6,000 fans with a marvelous performance May 2 at the Waikiki Shell. Mraz played a balanced assortment of songs from his three studio albums, and changed moods with a solo rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon." He closed the show with "You and I Both" and then chilled backstage with Carlos Sosa (sax), left, concert promoter Tom Moffatt, Fernando Castillo (trumpet) and Ian Sheridan (bass) before leaving for New Orleans.
Friday, May 16, 2008
» Army Community Theatre’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” plays at Richardson Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays through May 24. A photo caption above originally implied that the show closes this weekend.