Just asking…

If Consolidated Theatres show an on-screen commercial about Coke Zero, aka Zero Sugar Coke, wouldn’t you think that they should stock that Coca-Cola product at their refreshment counters at all theaters?

It’s advertised, but you can’t always get Zero Sugar Coke at some Consolidated theaters.

I can order and receive Coke Zero at the Koko Marina theater, with no problem; but at Kahala and Ward Center, they don’t serve this particular choice.

When you nestle into your seat, the Coke Zero advertisement is screened. Regularly.

Coke’s wasting  its ad dollars, don’tcha think?


Dwayne Johnson, one of the reigning box office champs, has confirmed that he will be in Hawaii to attend the XFL showcase here. Which means he’ll be returning to his high school, McKinley, on June 25, when the XFL does its island festivities.

XFL – the acronym for X-treme Football League – enables prospective football players an opportunity to strut their skills for prevailing XFL coaches and personnel directors, evaluating performances that might lead to a draft pool for the 2023 football season.

Johnson, the former wrestler and now a first-team favorite in action films, has been confirmed in an online post that he was “flying in personally to watch our showcase in Hawaii.”

The showcases will be conducted in six U.S. cities, beginning today (June 17).

Dwayne Johnson

In Honolulu, the XFL will conduct its search June 25 at McKinley, where Johnson, aka The Rock, attended in the late 1980s, for his freshman and sophomore years.

Not one to hide his feelings and support, it’s quite likely that Johnson will cheer on anyone he favors, which might at least open a door to a possible football career for prospective athletes. Johnson himself had a brief collegiate football op, which fizzled out, so he targeted his energy and interest in wrestling.

Clearly, he should have no regrets. His moviedom success has been extraordinary, and his next superhero film, Warner Bros./New Line DC’s “Black Adam,” premieres Oct. 21. …

Wildest Show’ at the zoo

“Wildest Show,” without its prior full title with “in Town,” returns for its summer run beginning June 29 at the Honolulu Zoo.

The event for decades was organized and directed by Roy Sakuma, the veteran ukulele whiz and teacher for thousands of kids. He has retired, but the event has retained its mid-week Wednesday-at-dusk scheduling, with a new tagline, “Tropical Wednesdays,” and fewer evenings.

Angela Morales

Angela Morales, of Na Leo Pilimehana, will serve as emcee, and the agenda will continue to include festivities for keiki, food, and weekly drawings for an ukulele.

The schedule:

  • June 29, Maunalua.
  • July 6, Robi Kahakalau.
  • July 13, Pure Heart, reunited Jake Shimabukuro, John Yamasato and  Lopaka Colon.
  • July 20, The Makaha Sons.
  • July 27, Amy Hanaiali‘i.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with entertainment from 5 p.m.

Admission: $15, general; $10, Honolulu Zoo Society members, $5 for youths 3 to 12.


Broadway grosses, week ending June 12t

The leaders still are “The Music Man,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King,” for the week ending June 12. Next week’s tally, from the Broadway League, might show a bump up for Tony-winning shows like “A Strange Loop” and “MJ The Musical” and “Six.”   Here’s the latest rundown:

Show NameGrossTotalAttn Capacity%Capacity
A STRANGE LOOP$676,315.506,2496,38497.89%
AMERICAN BUFFALO$460,041.964,4786,00874.53%
COME FROM AWAY$592,763.506,4258,36876.78%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN$587,266.806,1937,87278.67%
FUNNY GIRL$1,116,695.258,3799,75285.92%
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY$274,733.503,5825,58664.12%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD$1,481,217.4012,00312,97692.50%
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE$288,289.004,0544,45990.92%
MJ THE MUSICAL$1,444,056.6010,66611,09696.12%
MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL$1,235,273.7010,11110,40097.22%
MR. SATURDAY NIGHT$848,030.006,4688,31677.78%
PARADISE SQUARE$263,146.504,7227,85660.11%
PLAZA SUITE$1,708,386.607,7837,80099.78%
TAKE ME OUT$717,419.654,6304,64899.61%
THE BOOK OF MORMON$1,003,363.508,0608,52894.51%
THE LION KING$1,951,072.0013,37413,56898.57%
THE MINUTES$280,802.003,1785,33659.56%
THE MUSIC MAN$3,411,384.9612,26712,200100.55%
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA$965,649.7010,36312,84080.71%
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL$931,804.007,85711,82466.45%

And that’s Show Biz. …


With production under way, for its second season, “Doogie Kamealoha, M.C.” is welcoming a new cast regular.

He is  Milo Manheim, who will portray Nico, a street smart teen who has been in and out of hospitals for years, according to Disney+, show creator. Nico thus lives his life on the edge, likely providing some tense moments. His fans will know him from Disney Channel’s “Zombies” series.

Because of online pics of Manheim asclosetothis to “Doogie” star Peyton Elizabeth Lee, rumors are circulating that they’re an “item.” Hmmmm, we’ll have to see.

Milo Manheim

Meanwhile, since “Doogie” is in the midst of filming 10 episodes through August, there’s ample time to check the temperature of the Manheim/Lee relationship. …

Speaking of “Doogie”

If you are a Hawaii or Alaska student, interested in acting or anticipate submitting a short film in the Future Filmmakers Contest in the near future, you are invited to sign up for a free summertime workshop, with the aforementioned “Doogie” star Lee among the session leaders.

The Hawaii International Festival is presenting free virtual workshops for interested youth filmmakers in grades 6 through 12.

Peyton Elizabeth Lee

Two Saturday workshops are scheduled:

  • Session 1: Alika Tengan, July 16, from noon to 2 p.m. Hawaii time and from 2 to 4 p.m. Alaska time. He  is the director of “Everyday in Kaimuki.”
  • Session 2:  Peyton Elizabeth Lee, July 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. Hawaii time and from 3 to 4 p.m. Alaska time. She is the “Doogie” star in the Disney+ streaming series.

To register, visit

For more information, including submission deadlines for entries, visit:

Short film submissions must be submitted by Sept. 23, visit under the “Future Filmmakers category.”…

Understudies matter

Oh, no; a day after performing on Sunday’s Tony Awards show originating from Radio City

Hugh Jackman

Music Hall and beamed on CBS, nominee Hugh Jackman, who stars as con man Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” tested positive for Covid-19, and thus cannot perform through June 21.

Happily, his understudy, Max Clayton, has been filling in while Jackman recovers, and the show goes on with Sutton Foster as Marian the Librarian The sub emphatically demonstrates the importance of a standby or understudy, as the Tonys indicated the roles of many unseen heroes in the pacing and making of a show. But imagine if you had tickets and great expectations of seeing/hearing Jackman…disappointment, for sure.

Which brings up a question: Who will replace Jackman when he exits the show for good? He was asked, on a TV show, if rumors were true that Justin Timberlake would be the next to sing “76 Trombones” and “Trouble,” but Jackman declined comment saying he didn’t know. Hmmm, if not Timberlake, who has never done a Broadway role, we suggest Neil Patrick Harris, who has done a Broadway vehicle, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” As a Harold Hill replacement? Why not? He was a wonderful singer, dancer and actor … even former Tony show host. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


Have been neglecting my card-making in recent weeks, so decided to get back on track. Latest creations: One is dubbed Super Bowls, with a bunch of Asian bowl meals, like ramen and shrimp in a donburi. The other is called “Sweet Leilani,” cuz it’s a lei motif comprised of teeny-tiny sweets in the form of candy, strawberries, and fruits like oranges and watermelon slices. Real miniatures, hence “sweet.” “Leilani,” since its shaped like a lei.

Enjoy — part of my Wild Cards additions.

Ramen and donburi bowls — hence, “Super bows.”
Lei-shaped, candy-affixed garland of sweets.


Looks like the Tony Awards are back in the ballgame, with an uptick in the overnight Nielsen numbers (3.8 million viewers, according to Variety, up 39 per cent from last year). It’s a stunning comeback from those pandemic years, and a healthy comeback for Broadway.

Last night’s diversity of winners – including newbies – means a breath of fresh air. Artistry prevailed over box office grosses, and the bottom line is quite obvious: a new breed of splendid talent will bring a burst of invigorating new headliners in the Great White Way community.

Hosted by former “Hamilton” performer Ariana DeBose, a first-time Oscar winner from this year’s “West Side Story,” the Broadway community welcomed fresh faces and a vigorous new wedge of diversity, particularly these new names among the expanding elite Tony crowd:

1– Joaquina Kalukango, “Paradise Square, ” victorious as the Best Performance by an Actress in a  Leading Role in a Musical. Her performance was hypnotic, deeply emotional, and a show-stopper.

Joaquina Kalukango, from “Paradise Square.”

2— Myles Frost, “MJ”– Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. He recreated the smooth moves of Michael Jackson, from moon-walking to crotch-grabbing, displaying a style  with his own imprint.

3 –Another MJ, Michael A. Jackson, became a new hero in the Broadway milieu, winning his first Tony for “A Strange Loop,” the Best Book of a Musical winner. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical,  the tale of  of a Broadway usher, whose named is Usher, who is trying to write a musical about a Broadway usher trying to write a musical, has been widely applauded for its unique tale and score. Redundancy paid off, with a schematic involving six performers, who are guises of Usher’s innermost sentiments.

These wins might be loosely termed “upsets,” because the unknown Frost, enacting Michael Jackson, beat universally popular Hugh Jackman as con man Harold Hill, in the evergreen Meredith Willson musical, “Music Man,”

Jaquel Spivey, as the Usher in “A Strange Loop,” Best Musical winner.

the show that has been earning more than $3 million-plus a week, beating the usual “take” of $2 million-plus of “Hamilton,” which has been box office gold since Lin-Manuel Miranda first played Alexander Hamilton well before Covid halted all productions.

The exposure from the Tonys, televised by CBS to mark the 75th anniversary of the award, will be a clear milestone that will be long remembered. Change is happening. Slowly, but assuredly.

For a while, it looked like the old guard was going to make a clean sweep of the Tonys.

Patti Lupone, in “Company,” deserved her laurels; ditto, Phylicia Rashjad, in “Skeleton Crew.” Even the late Stephen Sondheim picked up a trophy, in memoriam, for Best Revival of a Musical,” for the beloved “Company.”

Stephen Sondheim, peers from a photo screen, with Bernadette Peters singing, below.

Jennifer Hudson quietly became an EGOT winner, as a co-producer of “A Strange Loop,” which galvanized her as a bonafide GOAT. Greatest of All Time, though her artistic clock’s still ticking. (Surely, you know that EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, the various show biz competitions, and if you win all, you’re an EGOT).

Scroll down the winner’s list, below, and yes, some traditonalists continue to score (think Sam Mendes  for Best Director of a Play, “The Lehman Trilogy”), gender equality is still relevant (think Marianne Elliott, Best Director of a Musical,” for “Company”), and a sweet, blossomimg dance to  fame is reflected in other triumphs in other categories.

Here’s the complete list of Tony nominees and winners (designated in boldface) :

Best Play
WINNER: “The Lehman Trilogy”
“The Minutes”
“Skeleton Crew”

Best Musical
“Girl From The North Country”
“Mr. Saturday Night”
“Paradise Square”
“Six: The Musical”
WINNER: “A Strange Loop”

Best Revival of a Play
“American Buffalo”
“for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
“How I Learned to Drive”
WINNER: “Take Me Out”
“Trouble in Mind”

Best Revival of a Musical
“Caroline, or Change”
WINNER: “Company”
“The Music Man”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
WINNER: Simon Russell Beale, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Adam Godley, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Adrian Lester, “The Lehman Trilogy”
David Morse, “How I Learned to Drive”
Sam Rockwell, “American Buffalo”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues”
David Threlfall, “Hangmen”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabby Beans, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
LaChanze, “Trouble in Mind”
Ruth Negga, “Macbeth”
WINNER: Deirdre O’Connell, “Dana H.”
Mary-Louise Parker, “How I Learned to Drive”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Crystal, “Mr. Saturday Night”
WINNER: Myles Frost, “MJ”
Hugh Jackman, “The Music Man”
Rob McClure, “Mrs. Doubtfire”
Jaquel Spivey, “A Strange Loop”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D Clarke, “Caroline, or Change”
Carmen Cusack, “Flying Over Sunset”
Sutton Foster, “The Music Man”
WINNER: Joaquina Kalukango, “Paradise Square”
Mare Winningham, “Girl From The North Country”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Alfie Allen, “Hangmen”
Chuck Cooper, “Trouble in Mind”
WINNER: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Take Me Out”
Ron Cephas Jones, “Clyde’s”
Michael Oberholtzer, “Take Me Out”
Jesse Williams, “Take Me Out”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Uzo Aduba, “Clyde’s”
Rachel Dratch, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Kenita R. Miller, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
WINNER: Phylicia Rashad, “Skeleton Crew”
Julie White, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Kara Young, “Clyde’s”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
WINNER: Matt Doyle, “Company”
Sidney DuPont, “Paradise Square”
Jared Grimes, “Funny Girl”
John-Andrew Morrison, “A Strange Loop”
A.J. Shively, “Paradise Square”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Jeannette Bayardelle, “Girl From The North Country”
Shoshana Bean, “Mr. Saturday Night”
Jayne Houdyshell, “The Music Man”
L Morgan Lee, “A Strange Loop”
WINNER: Patti LuPone, “Company”
Jennifer Simard, “Company”

Best Direction of a Play
Lileana Blain-Cruz, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Camille A. Brown, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
WINNER: Sam Mendes, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Neil Pepe, “American Buffalo”
Les Waters, “Dana H.”

Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, “A Strange Loop”
WINNER: Marianne Elliott, “Company”
Conor McPherson, “Girl From The North Country”
Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, “Six: The Musical”
Christopher Wheeldon, “MJ”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, “Skeleton Crew”
WINNER: Es Devlin, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Anna Fleischle, “Hangmen”
Scott Pask, “American Buffalo”
Adam Rigg, “The Skin of Our Teeth”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions, “Flying Over Sunset”
WINNER: Bunny Christie, “Company”
Arnulfo Maldonado, “A Strange Loop”
Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini, “MJ”
Allen Moyer, “Paradise Square”

Best Book of a Musical
“Girl From The North Country”
Conor McPherson “MJ”
Lynn Nottage
“Mr. Saturday Night”
Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
“Paradise Square”
Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas & Larry Kirwan
WINNER: “A Strange Loop”
Michael R. Jackson

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics)
“Flying Over Sunset”
Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics: Michael Korie
“Mr. Saturday Night”
Music: Jason Robert Brown Lyrics: Amanda Green
“Paradise Square”
Music: Jason Howland
Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Masi Asare
WINNER: “Six: The Musical”
Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
“A Strange Loop”
Music & Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson

Best Costume Design of a Play
WINNER: Montana Levi Blanco, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Sarafina Bush, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Emilio Sosa, “Trouble in Mind”
Jane Greenwood, “Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite”
Jennifer Moeller, “Clyde’s”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Fly Davis, “Caroline, or Change”

Toni-Leslie James, “Paradise Square”

William Ivey Long, Diana, The Musical

Santo Loquasto, “The Music Man”

WINNER: Gabriella Slade, “SIX: The Musical”

Paul Tazewell, “MJ”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
WINNER: Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy
Jane Cox, “Macbeth”
Yi Zhao, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Joshua Carr, “Hangmen”
Jiyoun Chang, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Neil Austin, “Company”
Tim Deiling, “Six: The Musical”
Donald Holder, “Paradise Square”
WINNER:Natasha Katz, “MJ”
Bradley King, Flying Over Sunset Jen Schriever, “A Strange Loop”

Best Sound Design of a Play
Justin Ellington, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
WINNER: Mikhail Fiksel, “Dana H.”
Palmer Hefferan, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Mikaal Sulaiman, “Macbeth”

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Simon Baker, “Girl From The North Country”
Paul Gatehouse, “Six: The Musical”
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, “Company”
Drew Levy, “A Strange Loop”
WINNER: Gareth Owen, “MJ”

Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Warren Carlyle, “The Music Man”
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, “Six: The Musical”
Bill T. Jones, “Paradise Square”
WINNER: Christopher Wheeldon, “MJ”

Best Orchestrations
David Cullen, “Company”
Tom Curran, “Six: The Musical”
WINNER: Simon Hale, “Girl From The North Country”
Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, “MJ”
Charlie Rosen, “A Strange Loop”

And that’s Show Biz. …