HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's looks like it's getting crazy at Cats. Former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger abruptly backed out of playing in Broadway's "Cats" because she wasn't being given top billing, according to a new report. Nicole starred in the musical in London's West End and reportedly demanded her name be above the title for the Broadway show, as well as on the marquee, a source told the New York Post's Page Six gossip section. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical composer of the show, called her "crazy" for the last second withdrawal. Nicole then decided to pull out of the show, despite the fact that rehearsals were supposed to start next week. Nicole will instead head back the United Kingdom to judge the talent show, "The X Factor."
"But never mind, there'll be another girl on Broadway, and Nicole will not get her Tony Award," Weber said. Fellow "X Factor" star Leona Lewis has replaced Nicole and she's begun rehearsals.
Have you ever gotten "chicken skin" from music? Well you're not alone. A PhD student at a Utah University, Mitchell Colver, decided to look into the link between cognitive personality type and being moved by music. As published by The Conversation, around two thirds of people experience frisson, meaning "aesthetic chills", which is usually caused by listening to emotional music or even looking at an artwork. It's never really been worked out, however, why some don't experience it and some do. So Colver decided to figure out why. To test this, participants were hooked up to a machine that measured their skin response. They were then played various pieces of music by artists including Air Supply, Hans Zimmer and Chopin. Each of the songs were said to contain one thrilling or climatic moment that might cause frisson. "Studies have shown that people who possess this trait have unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life," he wrote.
Local Musician Yoza shared a fun behind-the-scene video. The time-lapsed video was shot at Carriage House Studios in Connecticut. Yoza posted it on Facebook with the caption "Where 'Prologue' was recorded and our living quarters for the week. Talents such as Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Pantera, PIXIES, and much more have recorded here. " She'll be back in the islands for her June 6th release party at SKY Waikiki.
Kuana Torres Kahele is back on the road. He posted this photo on Facebook, writing "MAKE LEI is on the road! He's heading to L.A., Kansas City, Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix and then back to Honolulu. He added "Ready to roll. Alooooooooha!"
The Hoku Awards also honors comedy and our Guy Hagi was featured in this year's winner for Comedy Album of the Year. Backstage at the Hoku awards, Kepa Kruse commented and said he couldn't believe how cool Guy Hagi was about it. Guy posted a message to the winner saying "Congrats Kepa Kruse for Comedy Album of the year. Mahalo plenty for the shoutout."