HONOLULU – Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is pleased to announce the 100th Anniversary season. Curtains will open on Sept. 26 with the DHT debut of Mary Poppins. The six-show season will run through August 2015.
“We are excited to kick off our 100th Anniversary season with Mary Poppins, the first time the much-loved musical will be performed on our stage,” said John Rampage, DHT artistic director. “We want to thank our community, friends and families for the tremendous support we’ve gotten. We look forward to celebrating this momentous year with a lineup of iconic shows that will have something for everyone.
“Each year our priority is to bring the best in community theatre to Hawaii audiences. However, the celebration of our 100th season is very special for us and we have a lineup of shows to reflect that,” said Rampage. “With this season’s shows, we are able to continue to combine homegrown professionals with Broadway stars to produce quality and entertaining productions.”
100th Anniversary Season (2014 – 2015):
Sept. 26 – Oct. 12, 2014
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Bert, a jack-of-all-trades including chimney sweep, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary must teach the family how to value each other again. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS, the production includes a score filled with timeless classics such as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Step in Time” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The musical delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony® Awards, including Best Musical.
Dec. 5 – 21, 2014
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Original stage production directed by Walter Bobbie
Two World War II army buddies, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, have become a very successful song and dance team, making it big in nightclubs, radio and then on Broadway. They meet two sisters at a nightclub with romance in mind, follow the girls to a gig in Pine Tree, Vermont. Arriving at the Columbia Inn, they discover there are no guests and more importantly, no snow! Ready to turn around and leave, the boys hesitate when they realize the innkeeper is their beloved former commanding general. Deciding to help out and bring business up to the inn, Wallace and Davis relocate the entire cast and crew of their new musical. Before opening night however, a misunderstood phone call threatens to ruin everything. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings,” “Sisters,” and of course, “White Christmas.”
To Kill A Mocking Bird
Jan. 30 – Feb. 15, 2015
Adapted by Christopher Sergel, From the novel by Harper Lee
Scout, a six-year-old girl, lives in a quiet southern town. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Scout is fascinated with the people of her small town especially the reclusive Boo Radley, but there’s a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here. The black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout’s father and she doesn’t know why. A few of her white friends are inexplicably hostile and Scout doesn’t understand this either. The bewildered girl turns to her father who explains that he’s defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. The trial sparks a series of dramatic events that lead Scout and Jem into harm’s way and result in a surprising rescue. A beloved play for generations.
March 27 – April 12, 2015
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener
Although well known for its extraordinary score — the songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame” — SOUTH PACIFIC is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949. There is Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, who falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Their romance founders when Nellie discovers details from his past. Meanwhile, Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, an innocent Polynesian girl. And then there’s Liat’s mother, Bloody Mary … in this case Loretta Ables Sayre, reprising her Tony® nominated role. The New Yorker called her “brilliant”; Bloomberg Reviews called her Bloody Mary, “lustily acted and boldly sung” and New York Daily News called her, “the find of the season, completely convincing and hilarious.” Join us as we present Loretta Ables Sayre in SOUTH PACIFIC.
May 22 – June 7, 2015
Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick
It is 1933 and auditions for a new Broadway show are underway. Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York fresh off the bus from Allentown, Pennsylvania and a series of lucky breaks gets her into the show’s chorus. As the whole cast heads to Philadelphia for an out of town tryout, the leading lady breaks her ankle. The chorus girls convince director Julian Marsh that Peggy could be the answer to saving the show, and she is. In only 36 hours, Peggy learns twenty-five pages, six songs and ten dance numbers! The show is a huge success and Peggy has indeed “gone out a youngster and come back a star.” A tap dancing extravaganza, 42nd STREET features songs such as “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” and of course, the title song, “42nd Street.”
July 17 – Aug. 2, 2015
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a witty tale of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs … you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the evil Lord Farquaad. To bring peace back to his home, Shrek strikes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the feisty princess, Fiona, and finds something strange and appealing about this pretty princess. In a show full of pop-culture references and humor that will appeal to kids and adults alike, SHREK THE MUSICAL teaches that life is full of surprises and not everyone is what they appear to be at first sight!
Ticket subscription prices for the 2014-2015 season (6 shows) range from $66 – $228 (Diamond Head Circle) per person and is on sale now. Individual tickets will be on sale to the general public on August 25, 2014. Patrons may purchase season subscriptions or individual show tickets by calling the Box Office at 733-0274 or visiting our website at www.diamondheadtheatre.com.
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