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Theater Review: Elf The Musical

Has it really been three years since we last saw Buddy the Elf? It’s hard to believe that, in the holiday slot filled by “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” over the years at the Historic Iao Theater, Buddy and his show have remained dormant. In fact, seeing how astonishingly energetic star Ricky Jones is in the role for …

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Theater Review: Anything Goes

David Ward’s production of Cole Porter’s classic musical/comedy “Anything Goes” is a rare jewel to encounter in present day. It’s amazing, really, to see talented young teenagers belting out Porter classics in 2018 and committing to the energetic shenanigans. Now playing at Seabury Hall, “Anything Goes” is a breezy throwback and a genuine charmer. The plot offers traces of French …

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Theater Review: Vindication

Lin McEwan’s “Vindication,” which just opened at the ProArts Theatre in Kihei,  is an original drama she wrote and directed. She is also the star, playing Mary Wollstonecraft, in a show made up of scenes from Wollstonecraft’s remarkable life (1759-1797)as an author, boundary-pusher and a woman far ahead of her time. If this reads like the play is a vanity …

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Maui boys go viral with Olelo Bruno Mars rendition

Some things are just better in Hawai’i. The poke, weather, culture and now – Bruno Mars. Written by Kamaka Camarillo and Kawika Aspili, “E Pi’i Mai” takes a Hawaiian spin on the song “That’s What I Like” from Mars’ grammy award-winning album, 24K Magic. “The message we’d hope to send is to the next generations, to inspire them to continue …

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PHOTOS: 2018 HALLOWEEN ON FRONT STREET

On Halloween October 31, 2018 participants on Front Street were once again outstanding with an array of costumes from Papalaua Street toward the Banyan Tree Park. Thousands of people estimated to be close to 15,000 – 20,000 attended this annual Maui event this year with hopes of catching the best costumes on the island. Jon would like to personally thank …

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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler to Perform Live at the MACC

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents rock icon and multiple Grammy Award winner Steven Tyler in concert Thursday, December 27 in the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion. This concert opportunity is only happening on Maui. Tickets go on sale to MACC members Saturday, October 20 and to the general public Saturday, October 27. Steven Tyler is an award-winning …

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Theater Review: Rumors

David Belew’s production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is a breakneck, batty and very funny door-slamming farce. If you’ve seen “Noises Off” or the French comedies that inspired it, you know what a “door slamming farce” is: characters enter a scene, moving quickly around the set and drop a joke like a water balloon, quickly exiting through a door before the …

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Theater Review: Into The Woods

Before “Wicked,” there was “Into The Woods.” To put it another way: once upon a time, before the 2003 Stephen Schwartz musical blockbuster allowed us to see our favorite fairy tale characters in a whole new light, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical did it first. At the Castle Theater within the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the vision of …

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Theater Review: Oliver!

Theater lovers in Lahaina know what Theatre Theatre is. They know it’s a summer theater camp that reaches out to kids in the West Maui community. They know Theatre Theatre has  been around since 1992 and performs annual  summer shows at the Lahaina Gateway center. They know how good the productions are- indeed, Theatre Theatre just won Best Live Theatre …

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Theater Review: Singin’ in the Rain

In 1985, the musical adaptation of “Singin in the Rain” appeared on Broadway and was famously plagued with daunting technical problems. A particularly scary moment occurred during one performance: following the legendary title number, in which stage was drenched in water, the curtain closed and the set was mopped. However, the stagehand missed a few spots. During act two, the …

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