Author: Rona Lee

Exclusive musical revue welcomes audiences back to live theatre Musical Theatre International’s (MTI) All Together Now! was designed for local theatres to perform live as the world recovers from the pandemic. MTI is providing schools and theatres around the globe with an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI’s beloved shows, all free-of-charge (no royalties). Over 2,500 organizations from all 50 states and 40 countries/territories signed up to participate in the event over the Nov. 12-15 weekend. Over 5,500 individual performances were seen by over 1 million audience members. The Kahilu’s 500-seat theatre was limited to 100 in the live audience,…

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Vocalist Nyla Watson and pianist Ana Flavia Zuim wowed the Kahilu Stage Sunday afternoon.  Donned in a glittering red sequined gown, Watson charmed the audience with her life in song.  The rapport between singer and accompanist was warm and genuine, as Watson shared her heart on her sistership with Zuim.  Watson’s opening number, “Precious Lord,” was popularized by singer Mahalia Jackson but composed by the Rev. Thomas Dorsey at the inconsolable loss of his wife and infant son in childbirth; and was the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite hymn. King’s last words before his assassination was a request to…

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Smooth and velvety, Scott Skiba’s baritone voice set the tone for Along The Way as he welcomed the audience to the third of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) concerts Friday night at Kahilu Theatre. Skiba serves as Assistant Artistic Director of the Festival and the audience rippled with excitement in great anticipation of (two more!) festival favorites, Justin John Moniz’ and Phil Kadet’s show. COVID protocols again only permitted 100 of 490 physical seats to be filled, but many more tuned in virtually via Kahilu.TV. As the lights went down, the stage showcased the gorgeous Steinway Concert Grand, contemporary…

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Stunning. When Rachel Copeland sings, it is stunning. Songs of Hope at Kahilu Theatre last Tuesday was the second concert of HPAF’s (the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s) 17th year here in Waimea and did not disappoint. The abbreviated festival concert showcased Dr. Copeland-Skiba, a multi-talented performer, professor, and administrator who has sung at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with San Diego Opera, and with numerous operas, orchestras, and symphonies in-between, across the nation, as well as internationally. HPAF keeps its commitment to promote the appreciation and advancement of classical music and musical theater, to offer a world-class music training…

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