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Tino Ibach performed as Stevie Wonder in Legends in Concerts' three-week run at The Crown Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne, Australia.

One of Bakersfield's own is moving on up. This month Tino Ibach, aka The Hawaiian Wonder, has been performing in Melbourne, Australia, as part of celebrity tribute show giant Legends In Concert's engagement with The Crown Melbourne Hotel.

“The Crown was one of the most professional venues I’ve ever worked at,” said Ibach, who appears in the show for the first time as Stevie Wonder.

Ibach said The Crown's relationship with Legends In Concert and successful marketing campaign kept The Palms, the hotel's 800-plus seat theater, booked with mostly sold-out nights during the show's three-week run this month. The last show is Sunday.

The Legends performers were treated like VIPs during their stay, Ibach said, with numerous hosted private parties for the cast and crew. A professional wardrobe staff was on hand for last-minute adjustments, sewing and gluing intricate add-ons to their costumes on the spot.

Hawaiian-born Ibach, who has made Bakersfield his home, jumped at the chance to audition for Legends In Concert, which at 35-plus years is the longest-running entertainment show in Las Vegas. The entertainment giant also books shows in Hawaii; Atlantic City; Myrtle Beach, Fla.; and Branson, Mo.

Although this was Ibach's first run with Legends, based on the feedback from Australian entertainment agents, Crown casino hotel staff and Ticketmaster Australia — which called his performance "glorious" in its review — the door is open for more opportunities.

— Wendy Armijo is the founder of advertising agency Idea Girl Network.

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