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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, March 9, 2000

Talent scouts on the loose

CLOSE, but no cigar: In ABC's planned remake of Rogers & Hammerstein's classic "South Pacific," it has cast actress Glenn Close in the role of Nellie Forbush. Close might be better cast as Nellie's mom, since the girl is only 19, but "Hooray for Hollywood," where Madonna might be considered to play "Lolita." Producer Michael Jaffee has decided to extend his search for a Bloody Mary and her beautiful teen-aged daughter, Liat, to Hawaii. Anyone wishing to audition call call Elissa Josephson at 732-7733 ... And speaking of casting, filming for "Pearl Harbor" will take place from May 4 to 10, and they're looking for extras. A casting call is set for today through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marina Restaurant at Pearl Harbor. Producers are looking for males 17-40, women 20-40 and kids 8-12 ...

Mug shotEAST meets West halfway Saturday when Japanese composer and violinist Ikuko Kawai makes her U.S. debut in an intimate concert in the Ilikai Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m. Call 524-4450 for reservations ... Replying to my question of why futurist James Dator wears a '60s haircut, retired judge Bruce Ames replies, " 'Back to the Future,' of course." ... Ran into Osaka D.J. Kamasami Kong on one of his frequent trips to Hawaii and he introduced me to his beautiful Thai friend with "This is Oh." "O," I replied. "I've read your story and enjoyed it a lot." She rolled with laughter, understanding the reference to the steamy story at once ... Bob Jones (who has nothing to do with the university bearing his name) reports, "The home address on my U.S. Census form is wrong." He adds the form on his 1998 tax refund listed it as "1988," and they had to send a new one. Shrugs Jones, "No wonder they have problems." ...

Fried to the grills

SATURDAY is the annual "Irish Fry Breakfast" at Murphy's Bar & Grill, which benefits the Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer campaign. Last year UH coaches Riley Wallace and Vince Goo finished in the top five in raising anti-cancer funds in a competition with 300 other schools, and this event should help out a lot. The Irish Fry (Friochadh Gaelach) will consist of such farmhouse fare as Galtee Irish Bacon, bangers, black and white pudding, soda bread, Murphy's corned beef hash, but not Mrs. Murphy's chowder. Oh yes, plus Guinness or Harp and Irish Coffee. Music will be by the rip-roarin' or tear jerkin' Irish Hearts. Costs are covered by owner Don Murphy and Gusto magazine. The grub hits the table starting at 9:30 a.m. ...

RED diamonds are a rare thing indeed, reports Brenda Reichel of Carats & Karats on S. King St. Though she saw one that was .98 of a karat on KHET's "Nova" recently, and once held in her hand a thousand-year-old, 76-karat red diamond worth $25 million. She doesn't have any real ones in her store, but is now displaying a half-karat synthetic red which carries a $12,000 price ...

"Fame" game

IT promises to be quite a party tomorrow night at Restaurant Row with a "Fame" kickoff party that includes groups not totally unlike the kids from the N.Y. High School of the Performing Arts featured in the musical. Live entertainment will be kicked off by the Diamond Head Theater's "Shooting Stars" at 6 p.m., followed by Leslie Goldman from the Manhattan School of Music with Hawaii Opera Theater singers, Marcelo Pacleb's 24-VII Dance Force and ending with songs by Miss Hawaii Candes Meijide Gentry at 9 p.m. It's free! ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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