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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

SHOW BIZ
Jason Tam living it up on ABC soap, Broadway

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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WHO'S NEWS: Jason Tam, the Honolulan appearing as Paul San Marco in Broadway's "A Chorus Line," is living two lives. In mid-May, Tam, the son of James and Linda Tam, started filming the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," playing Markko, a high school student. This week, the story line will involve the Markko character asking Starr Manning (played by Kristen Alderson) to the prom. ...

Tam appeared on the Tony Awards show Sunday night, with his "Chorus" colleagues in the opening number and later in another segment. His "One Life to Live" commitment is for six months; he exits the Broadway cast in August. ...

PEOPLE IN PARADISE: Kawena Chun, reigning Miss East Oahu 2007 and a contender in this year's Miss Hawaii pageant at 7:30 Friday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom, has been elevated to co-hostess (with host Branscombe Richmond) of the Hawai'i-filmed "Good Morning Hawai'i," which has been renewed for a second season. The program airs locally at 4:30 a.m. weekdays on KHON 2, preceding the Fox affiliate's daily morning show, and also on the CW network at 8 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. ...

Singer Traci Toguchi, a former Miss Hawaii, plays a Miss Hawaii godmother in Diamond Head Theatre's "You Somebody," opening July 13. And Loretta Ables Sayre, who is reprising Pua Lusa, is building family ties. "I feel I am part of the Tario family these days," said Ables Sayre. "TX plays my son in an Oceanic Cable commercial, and TJ is playing my son, Little Joe, in 'You Somebody.' " TX and TJ Tario are brothers. ...

SIGHT 'EMS: Kona Deep, the Hawai'i water made from seawater from 3,000 feet down off Kona, has a role in "Ocean's Thirteen," the caper sequel starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino and Andy Garcia. The bottled water is in an opening sequence with Elliott Gould and was on the red carpet when the movie launched last week at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. About 1,600 bottles were shipped in for the premiere; the beverage was served at the after-party catered by Wolfgang Puck. All of which brought smiles to Kona Deep CEO Beh-zad Kianmahd and distributor Bruce Langer, of Langers Juices. Sippers also included Warner Bros. honchos Steve Papazian, president of worldwide feature production, and Musette Buckley, senior vice president of production resources. Michelle Rubinstein, of Hawai'i, a director's assistant at publicist Georja Skinner's Skinner Productions of Honolulu and Hollywood, got actor Garcia to say on tape, "This is pretty good water." ...

When Nobu at the Waikiki Parc hotel held an invitational sake ceremony, Nobu Matsuhisa's private reserve was poured. Some Honolulu notables stopped by for sips and nibbles of hamachi, topped with jalapeno and kumamoto oysters, including Andy "The Bachelor" Baldwin (sans Tessa Horst), actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, artist Dana Forsberg, film-festival honcho Chuck Boller, actress-model Sherry Chock, businessman and Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau) chairman Donald Takaki, filmmaker Edgy Lee, retired Judge James Burns and spouse Emme Tomimbang, entrepreneur Tom Moffatt, TV host Kimo Kahoano, real-estate tycoonette Sachi Braden, promoter Justin Yoshino and Hana Hou! publisher Chris Pearce. Showing support: Alan Wong, George Mavrothalassitis, Hiroshi Fukui and Chai Chaowasaree. And Lance Tashima (Abbe Brewster Caffe) is now at Nobu. ...

NIGHT LIFE: Pianist Kit Samson, who entertains at the Ala Moana's Pakele Lounge, will launch a new format from 9 to 10 p.m. every Thursday, starting June 21. He'll feature guest singers, beginning with Sherry Eatmon of Boston, followed by Shari Lynn June 28 and Al Romero July 5 with more to be added. Samson just did a performance at the home of Dr. Antonio Tan, a prelude to a Medical Mission trek. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Show Biz is published Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reach Wayne Harada at 525-8067, wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com or fax 525-8055.