Archive for August, 2009

Long Story Short – Marlene Sai – Part Two

In part two of the conversation, singer/actress Marlene Sai talks to Leslie Wilcox about her early years as a recording artist, her unusual after-hours recording session in a bus barn, and her iconic portrayals of Queen Liliuokalani on stage on television.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Long Story Short – Marlene Sai – Hawaiian “Diva” – Part One

Only a few working female vocalists in Hawaii have achieved “diva” status.  Marlene Sai is one of them.  In the first part of a two-part series, Marlene Sai talks about being mentored by her uncle, Andy Cummings – legendary Hawaiian music pioneer and composer of the iconic song “Waikiki.”  Sai also talks about being discovered by Don Ho while she was still a junior in high school, and the golden age of Hawaiian music in Waikiki.

 

Long Story Short - Marlene Sai

 

 

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Long Story Short – Loretta Ables Sayre – Part Two

In part two of Leslie Wilcox’s interview with Loretta Ables Sayre, Loretta talks about how she met the love of her life—husband David Sayre, and the miraculous turn of events that resulted in her landing the part of Bloody Mary in the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”—a role for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Long Story Short – Loretta Ables Sayre – From Hawaii to Broadway – Part One

Since the age of three, California-born and Hawaii-raised Loretta Ables Sayre knew that all she wanted to be in life was a singer. She made her Broadway musical debut 47 years later in the plum role of Bloody Mary in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and received a Tony Award nomination. Everything in her life experience seemed to lead to the moment she was given that dream role. Part One of a two-part interview covers Loretta Ables Sayre’s life before South Pacific.

Long Story Short - Loretta Ables Sayre

 

 

 

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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