Lahaina's smartass quotient is about to get a major boost when actor/comedian David Spade hits the Maui Theatre on Friday, April 30.
Spade's signature deadpan sarcasm brought him national attention when he first joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1990, bringing classic lines like "buh-bye" to America's pop lexicon. It helped him corner the market on "Frat Comedy" when he and Chris Farley joined forces in the 1995 cult classic "Tommy Boy." Farley and Spade hoped to become a long-standing comedy team in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello, but their plans came to a tragic end when Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997.
Spade went on to star in three hit sitcoms: "Just Shoot Me," "Eight Simple Rules" and "Rules of Engagement," which is in its fourth season on CBS. His countless comedies include the tongue-in-cheek biopic "Joe Dirt," which has been picked up as an animated series debuting later this year on TBS. Spade's most recent film, "Grown Ups," in which he shares the screen with fellow comic superstars Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, will be released June 25.
The Maui Celebrity Series presents David Spade at Lahaina's Maui Theatre in a show beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, April 30. Singer Brian Evans opens. Tickets range from $45 to $125 for VIP seating. For tickets and information, call 205-5592 or visit www.themaui celebrityseries.com.
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Lauren Clark and Miles Kelsey in “Tango Y No” choreographed by David Ward.
Don't think for a minute that all this screen success means that David Spade has forgotten where he got his start. He's still a master at stand-up and he's bringing his act to the Maui Theatre in Lahaina as the latest installment of "Maui Celebrity Series" which has already brought Roseanne Barr and Paul Rodriguez to entertain Maui audiences in the past few months.
Crooner Brian Evans, who developed the concept for the Celebrity Series, will open for Spade. His interpretations of classic jazz and swing standards like "Lady is a Tramp," "That's Life" and "All of Me" are reminiscent of Frank Sinatra's early years, when Vegas meant highballs, neon, and dames - not dancing waters and high-dig circus acts. He's busy recording his first album, which will feature duets with edgy enfant terrible Kelly Osborne.
"She has a terrific voice!" Evans said, "not a lot of people know that about her."
Evans attributes the idea for the Celebrity Series to a walk he took down Front Street one early evening before sunset. He saw a lot of people wandering about, looking for something to do before or after dinner and wondered what would happen if he brought in big name stars to perform in Lahaina's intimate venues.
"They could see a show, have dinner, make a night of it!" Evans said.
It's an idea that seems to be catching on.
Be sure to get tickets early! Spade has lots of friends in town and this show promises to be a star-studded spectacle.
MAPA Presents Dylan Thomas' masterpiece "Under Milk Wood" at the Steppingstone Playhouse in Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. The show opens on Friday and runs through April 25. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available by phone at 244-8760 or at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center's customer service kiosk. $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
Maui Choral Arts Association presents "Some Enchanted Evening": Music from Broadway & Movies in Kihei Baptist Chapel at 7 p.m. Saturday. Spend an enchanted evening with the Maui Concert and UH-Maui College Choruses. Director Celia Canty, accompanied by an ensemble of Maui's superb instrumentalists and showcasing many local soloists, will conduct selections from an array of Broadway musicals and popular movies like "South Pacific," "Sound of Music," "Rent," "Mamma Mia!" "West Side Story" and more. It's a show for the family! Get an advanced ticket until Friday by purchasing directly from a singer in one of the choruses, by phoning toll-free (800) 838-3006, by going online at www.MauiMusicArts.org or at Topaz Goldsmith and Gallery in Kihei's Dolphin Plaza.
"The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree" invade King Kekaulike High School on April 23. The swashbuckling, marauding play revolves around a brood of lady pirates who inv ade the British ship Kayla May and take the men and the aristocratic Prescot family hostage. Show dates are April 23, 24, 25th, May 7, 8 and 9 in the King Kekaulike cafeteria/mini-theatre. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays nights, with 3 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults, available at the door a half-hour before show times. Performed by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama, Inc.
Seabury Hall's Dance Showcase 2010 brings all levels and styles of dance to the stage - with jazz, modern, ballet and hula pieces choreographed by students, faculty and guest artists. Highlights include David Ward's "Middle Eastern Reverie," Andre Morrisette's youthful "8th Period," a hula by Napua Greig-Makua that Seabury students performed at the National High School Dance Festival in Miami and even a tribute to Michael Jackson! Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2.
Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) announces auditions for its upcoming production featuring children - "Disney's Aladdin, Jr." Open to students ages 8 to 14, auditions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the MAPA Studio Building in Wailuku. All students interested in auditioning should call the MAPA office at 244-8760 to reserve a place. No preparation is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes, arrive 15 minutes early with a parent to register, and be prepared to stay until 4 p.m.
My Mama Monlogues returns to the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. After a successful run last year, the staged play-reading, is scheduled for May 8, 7 p.m. and May 9, Mother's Day. The performance consists of true stories read by actors and other community members. This year, there are parts for an old Asian man, a Hawaiian woman, a young girl, a West Indies woman, a young blonde woman and many older women, including a very old Asian woman. If this sounds like you, contact Pat Masumoto, firstname.lastname@example.org, and write in the subject heading "MMM Reader." For more information, log onto www.myMamaMonologues.com.