By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Performers’ prices
don’t fade as they age

IT'S pretty dramatic when the price of things in general goes up as the popularity and impact of a performer rises even more dramatically. Two dramatic examples of the above have come to light in the past month or so. The price to see the latest incarnation of the Four Freshmen, headliners in one of the jazz festival evenings, was $40 to $20. When I saw the original Freshmen in a concert at the University of Iowa in 1958, they were on a bill with the Sonny Rollins Trio, Dave Brubeck Quartet and Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, and the entire thing cost less than $5. Now we have illusionist David Copperfield at the Blaisdell Concert Hall with tickets ranging from $55 to $70 for matinees and $60 to $85 for evening shows. On Aug. 20 you can get a package that includes the show and dinner at Compadres for $100. Our thanks to W. Ray Heibig for saving a ticket to "David Copperfield's Magical New Year's Eve" at the C'est Si Bon nightclub in the Pagoda nearly 25 years ago. According to the ticket, it included "Filet Mignon dinner; 1 bottle champagne per couple; noisemakers and hats; a new & exciting magical revue; tax, tip & validated parking." The cost, per person, was $29.50 ...

IF Hawaii was good enough for the Miss Universe Pageant a few years ago, why not the Mrs. America Pageant? It's set to take place in Honolulu on Sept. 21 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The taping will take place with a live audience in front of the hotel, and then be shown on national TV on Oct. 13 via the PAX Network to more than 210 outlets nationwide, and then worldwide via the Armed Forces TV Network. It's estimated it'll be seen by tens of millions of people ...

Bring Back My Bonnie

YOU know the saying, "Maui no ka oi." Well, mark down Bonnie Friedman as a believer. She recently pulled up stakes in her public relations firm, Grapevine Productions, and changed vineyards, winding up in Pennsylvania. In one of the shortest moves on record, Bonnie advises "There's no place like home, and home for me is Hawaii." She's moving back next month ...

AFTER his departure from the KGU morning airwaves, talk show host Mike Buck has been mulling other on-air options while trying to answer e-mail and phone calls from listeners who miss his show. Some callers offered condolences that confused Buck until he realized that he was being confused with another Michael Buck whose wife had just passed away. He forwarded their sympathy notes to the other Buck ...

Farmer's holiday

NEW head of the State Foundation of Culture & the Arts David Farmer and his wife are back from conferences in N.Y. and managed to take in some Broadway shows including "Lion King," Lincoln Center's "Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes" and "A Thousand Clowns," after which star Tom Selleck seemed genuinely moved by the Farmers' greeting of aloha at the stage door. His favorite: Tom Stoppard's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." It was directed by Mike Nichols and its all-star cast included Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Christopher Walken, John Goodman, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Portman.

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.

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