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Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ - November 04, 2009 | Uncle Toms Gabbin | Midweek.com

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 04, 2009
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Lea Salonga

RETURNING TO Blaisdell Concert Hall on Nov. 10: internationally acclaimed singer Lea Salonga! The Tony Award-winning Broadway star celebrates The Magic of Disney & Broadway Musicals. Her sold-out performances here in January 2008 wowed everyone, so don’t miss her!

Fun Fact: After last year’s concert, Lea had an impromptu meet-and-greet in the lobby of the concert hall, where fans got to meet her, take pictures and get autographs.

Let’s hope this happens again next week ...

Ben Vereen‘s recent performances with the Honolulu Symphony were a special treat. In his final performance, the symphony left the stage promptly at 10:30 p.m., but Ben continued with his trio. After his first song, symphony guitar player Zanuck Lindsay returned to his seat and joined Ben in an impromptu and beautiful version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Chicken skin time ...

LOL at Pipeline Café Nov. 11 with Bruce Vilanch. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Pipeline Cafe Box Office, Hawaii’s Natural High, or by phone at 1-877-71-GROOVE ...

Fun Fact: Pipeline Café was voted the No. 2 club concert venue in the world for the first three quarters of 2009 via Pollstar ...

After viewing the Michael Jackson movie, top Hawaii film producer Angie Laprete had this to say about This Is It: “Wow, what an incredible film. I felt I was at the actual concert ... and it brought back amazing memories of Aloha Stadium! What a performer - like no other! Very sad. It was an emotional roller coaster.”

Fun Fact: One of the film’s producers is Paul Gongaware, who was my associate when we presented Michael Jackson Jan. 3 and 4, 1997, at Aloha Stadium.

This week in 1961: The “world premiere” of Blue Hawaii takes place at the King, Palace and Waialae drive-in theaters. Reviewer Birch Storm writes, “Blue Hawaii will do more for the Islands this year than the HVB, the Statehood Commission, Dole Corp. and the macadamia nut division of the Honokaa Sugar Company all put together.” And how right he was! Elvis and Hawaii never looked better and, after its national release on Nov. 22, were eventually seen by millions worldwide ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Cotton Fields by The Highwaymen.

The No. 1 album is Blue Hawaii by Elvis ...

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