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Posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sponsor sought for signature peace sign from 'Hair'


By Wayne Harada

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Want to give peace a chance?

"Hair," the American tribal love-rock musical of the turbulent hippie era of the 1960s, already is sold out for its March 4 opening night at Manoa Valley Theatre.

And designer Jim Davenport's focal point set piece, a mammoth 34-foot replica of the familiar peace sign, will be a dominating element, suspended from the ceiling with multicolored lights 300 dimmable CFLs that combine elements of the peace movement of yesteryear and the green mindset of the current times.

MVT is open to an art patron or theater benefactor willing to sponsor the peace sign; this person or organization would have the option of keeping the oversized artifact after the show closes. Call MTV at 988-6131. ...

Guest director Rob Duval has corralled an energetic cast: Jack Galliano as Berger, Kyle Malis as Claude, Conor Malis as Woof, Omar Williams as Hud, Dusty Behner as Jeanie, Luisa Te'i as Dionne, Nichole Sandy as Crissy, Caroline Lawo as Sheila, and Braddoc DeCaires as Margaret Mead.

Kenji Higashihama is music director, Kat Jones is choreographer. A Twitter night is set March 20, when folks breaking normal theater rules may whip out devices to tweet and blog during the show. Or not. ...

NAME-DROPPING: Willie K had a series of shows as an opening act in Germany earlier this month. He had been warned by the promoter that the crowds often throw fruit if they don't like you, so he programmed American standards '50s doo-wop and R&B classics but found a way to get a screaming, howling standing ovation devoid of fruit: performing Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's arrangement of "Over the Rainbow" complete with the ooohs. When asked why not his own version, he remarked: "What do you think, I'm stupid?!" ...

Comic Andy Bumatai is back with the Society of Seven LV at the Outrigger Waikiki's Main Showroom. ...

PARADISE FOUND: Mike Evans, the ex-Isle radio guy whose Hollywood reports are now in 53 markets (including KSSK) has been visiting; he always manages to work in some R&R to recharge his batteries. ...

Looking for a club: Fred Piluso, of Scruples fame, is back home, contemplating a return to Island nightlife. He was tending to his ailing mom in Florida for three years till her death; he's now ready to get back to biz again. ...

Sherry Shaoling performs with Don Tiki at tonight's Valentine's shindig at Aloha Tower Marketplace (she's the cover girl on Tiki's "South of the Boudoir" CD) and Frank Orral of Poi Dog Pondering (with exotic Southeastern instruments) has just been added to the roster. Shaoling also will catch dad Woody Chock in Diamond Head Theatre's "Joy Luck Club." Her L.A. roomie, Maui's Zero Kazama (host of MTV's "Silent Library"), provided an airline ticket, but Shaoling turns around to play Lola in the Hollywood Fight Club's production of "Forever Fosse" upon return.

She just did a scene for Disney's "Hannah Montana," and hopes her line makes it to the tube, but credits include playing a reporter on "Bones" and enacting a living doll for Mattel.

She tied the knot this summer to Xiaojun "XY" Wang, a kung fu master trained at the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China. They met when she auditioned to play a student in a documentary on his life in the U.S. Now she's learning film combat training from him. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Reach Wayne Harada at 266-0926. Read his blog Fridays in TGIF and online at http://showandtellhawaii.honadvblogs.com.