Everything wrong is right on target in the comedic farce known as “The Play That Goes Wrong,” now in its Hawaii premiere engagement at the Manoa Valley Theatre.

It’s a maniacal, madcap mélange – a play-within-a-play, to add to the mirth – that can be sometimes confusing, chaotic, and contagious, so let’s just say this controlled silliness is quite seductive, and sensational … so much so that the show’s been extended through June 4 at MVT.

Be advised: There are two playbills, one fictional and one actual, to sort out the obvious from the frivolous. The premise is this: The mythical Cornley University Drama Society, is staging “The Murder at Haversham Manor, but lacks proper rehearsals, so some dialogue is screwed up and parts of the set fall.

In other words, the play is already happening and you don’t know it. That’s part of the m.o., so if something’s amiss, it could be real, or planned.

This is the gallery of actors, featured in “The Play That Goes Wrong.”

It’s part Sherlock Holmes, part Agatha Christie, part Saturday Night Live, with lots of setups and you won’t know it till you get it. And if you’re familiar with “Noises Off,” expect similar raucous, rabid behavior and action.

The work, by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer, is directed by Rob Duval, who demands and gets comic control from his versatile cast. Michelle Bisbee’s inspired set is rich in precision and potency, since much of it comes apart at the precise moment, requiring impeccable timing to avoid injury, and the production is lit with superb timing by Janine Myers.

With so much live action all over the stage, it’s important to hear all the chatter and buzz, so thanks to Lock Lynch’s sound design.

What matters, and clearly is the motif of “Wrong,” is the fact that this is absurdity beyond a basic comedy, and the ensemble of actors and pretenders require to retain indefatigable timing, which enables the actors to shine, at different times for different reasons.

Even the furniture gets laughs; ditto, a mantel that keeps falling; and the photo of a dog on the wall has its giddy  moment, too.

I chortled and chuckled so often, I can truthfully say that I can’t recall which actor did what, but can offer generous praise and applause for Shannon Winpenny, Alan Shelphard, Jeff Andrews, John D’Aversa, Andrew Baker, Matthew Miller, Brett Williams, Tiger Tam, Theo and Al Reyes. Take a bow, gang.

 “The Play That Goes Wrong” premiered in London in 2012, and earned an Olivier for Best New Comedy. Its Broadway debut was in 2017 and the production transferred to the off-Broadway New World Stages on W. 50th St. in New York, where it still is playing. And a local note – one of the New York producers staging this one is Kevin McCollum, the Tony-winning producer of such shows as “Rent,” “Avenue Q,” “In the Heights” and “Something Rotten.” Surely, he’d be proud to learn that MVT is staging the show, too. …


 ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

A musical by by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer

Where: Manoa Valley Theatre

When: Extended through June 4, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday  and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Tickets:  $24 to $45 at or (808) 988-6131

Broadway grosses, for week ending May 28

With the 2023 Tony Awards coming up June 11 in New York City,

last week was the finale for the active Broadway community.

And “The Lion King” still rules in the weekly gross list:

Here are the Top 7 by grosses, for the week ending May 28:

1 – “The Lion King,” $2.245 million.

2 – “Hamilton,”  $1.894 million.

3 – “Sweeney Todd,” $1.882 million.

4 – “Wicked,” $1.825 million.

5—“MJ,” $1.682 million.

6 – “Funny Girl,” $1.583 million.

7 – “Aladdin,” with $1.453 million.

Here’s the official compilation, courtesy The Broadway League:

& JULIETSTEPHEN SONDHEIM THEATRE$1,123,714.60-$61,919.30$142.44$323.007,8891,0268096.11%-1.79%
ALADDINNEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE$1,453,453.50$69,692.00$111.76$227.5013,0051,7278094.13%-1.38%
BAD CINDERELLAIMPERIAL THEATRE$351,163.48-$33,364.22$45.27$297.007,7571,3988069.36%0.99%
A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICALBROADHURST THEATRE$876,940.22-$212,898.02$125.24$347.507,0021,1528075.98%-6.91%
THE BOOK OF MORMONEUGENE O’NEILL THEATRE$1,040,043.30$4,575.20$126.68$0.008,2101,0668096.27%-1.76%
CAMELOTVIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER$811,603.50-$39,798.50$112.50$249.007,2141,0478086.13%-4.40%
CHICAGOAMBASSADOR THEATRE$701,359.08-$17,023.68$96.20$237.007,2911,0808084.39%-2.22%
A DOLL’S HOUSEHUDSON THEATRE$847,080.00-$56,236.00$119.02$299.007,1179468094.04%-2.55%
FAT HAMAMERICAN AIRLINES THEATRE$391,432.60-$1,603.20$74.08$247.005,2847048093.82%1.05%
FUNNY GIRLAUGUST WILSON THEATRE$1,583,257.00$434,871.50$181.75$0.008,7111,2198089.33%21.66%
GOOD NIGHT, OSCARBELASCO THEATRE$550,970.34-$171,170.76$130.25$297.004,2301,0227059.13%-12.83%
GREY HOUSELYCEUM THEATRE$413,864.50$61,915.80$76.87$237.005,3848960875.11%-10.48%
HADESTOWNWALTER KERR THEATRE$771,642.10$359.85$106.30$0.007,2599188098.84%-0.25%
HAMILTONRICHARD RODGERS THEATRE$1,894,229.00-$12,375.00$177.55$449.0010,6691,32480100.73%-0.09%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILDLYRIC THEATRE$1,371,744.40$179,787.30$129.25$349.0010,6131,6228081.79%-3.04%
KIMBERLY AKIMBOBOOTH THEATRE$542,078.92$1,226.57$90.72$277.005,9757738096.62%0.36%
LEOPOLDSTADTLONGACRE THEATRE$555,823.65-$42,777.25$108.92$347.005,1031,0758059.34%-6.95%
LIFE OF PIGERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE$501,232.55-$29,253.35$77.64$277.006,4569788082.52%-2.79%
THE LION KINGMINSKOFF THEATRE$2,245,982.00$101,265.00$177.18$199.0012,6761,6968093.43%0.23%
MJ THE MUSICALNEIL SIMON THEATRE$1,682,452.00-$490.00$153.70$250.0010,9461,3878098.65%-0.58%
MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICALAL HIRSCHFELD THEATRE$1,355,398.30-$49,820.45$134.08$0.0010,1091,3008097.20%-1.73%
NEW YORK, NEW YORKST. JAMES THEATRE$939,859.25-$213,265.25$85.89$0.0010,9431,6598082.45%-7.14%
ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIMEMARQUIS THEATRE$606,278.50$24,621.00$62.57$297.009,6901,6040786.30%12.81%
PARADEBERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE$1,108,120.05$95,670.10$140.96$327.007,8611,0208096.34%-1.49%
PETER PAN GOES WRONGETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE$538,877.00$56,129.26$89.23$197.006,0391,0478072.10%4.81%
PRIMA FACIEJOHN GOLDEN THEATRE$949,793.76-$23,031.98$134.78$294.007,0478029097.63%-1.22%
SHUCKEDNEDERLANDER THEATRE$809,278.30$29,292.20$88.75$179.009,1191,1718097.34%-1.17%
THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN’S WINDOWJAMES EARL JONES THEATRE$532,853.00$11,033.48$87.71$337.006,0751,0698071.04%-2.65%
SIX: THE MUSICALLENA HORNE THEATRE$1,044,247.00$15,227.00$137.17$249.007,6131,0318092.30%1.09%
SOME LIKE IT HOTSAM S. SHUBERT THEATRE$1,006,252.88-$150,120.77$104.51$257.009,6281,4488083.11%-8.40%
SUMMER, 1976SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE$511,945.00$12,556.00$111.10$319.004,6086378090.42%-1.55%
SWEENEY TODDLUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE$1,882,084.00$14,716.00$178.08$399.0010,5691,49870100.79%1.09%
THE THANKSGIVING PLAYHELEN HAYES THEATER$267,587.50$24,553.00$80.67$223.003,3175818071.36%3.35%
WICKEDGERSHWIN THEATRE$1,825,756.00$146,812.00$123.79$275.0014,7491,8678098.77%2.72%

And that’s Show. Biz. …


Trevor Tamashiro has been named executive director at Diamond Head Theatre, succeeding Deena Dray, who retired.

Tamashiro, pictured below,   joined the staff of Hawaii’s largest and oldest community theater, and he previously performed at DHT in his younger days. Locally born and raised, he studied on the mainland and surely will bring fresh ideas and steer DHT to new heights.

He introduced himself to me last Saturday night, prior to the theater’s latest production, “The Bodyguard.” It was a sweet surprise to meet him.

He has nearly 20 years of experience and leadership in non-profits and has been working in New York prior to joining DHT in May. While he has a degree in theater arts from the University of Miami and master of science degree in non-profit management from Columbia University, he also takes pride in being a certified fund-raising exec and was the chief advancement officer of the Diller-Quaile School of Music, deputy director of Saratoga International Theatre Institute, and program director for the Drama league of New York.

So, we welcome him home and wish him the best; it’s always a charm when someone with a keen interest in theater returns to serve the community where he grew up. You don’t always have this kind of script. …

Put ‘Longs’ on your list, pronto

Kumu Kahua Theatre, the precious little downtown theater, has breaking news.

More tickets, more performances have been added to the run of Lee Cataluna’s hit comedy, “Folks You Meet at Longs,” because of popular demand. The show opened May 25 and box office was overwhelmed with demand for tickets, which sold out quickly like toilet paper during a strike.

The add-on playdates are at 7:30 p.m. June 29 and 30 and 7 p.m. July 1, plus 2 p.m. July 2.

You know the tickets will vanish swiftly, so order now, move fast, because these shows will sell out fast like TP at Longs.

Tickets: $5 to $25, at or  (808) 536-4441. ..

New Bruno Mars CD this year?

Bruno Mars, pictured below Hawaii’s prevailing superstar, evidently is putting final touches on a new album that’s likely set for release later this year.  Would surely make a great Christmas stocking gift.

According to The Sun, Mars is nearing completion of the new CD and is in talks with Live Nation to work out a plan to do yet another mammoth concert tour, to support and fuel the unnamed album.

He has yet to disappoint, with his previous solo albums and his partnership with Anderson .Paak  as the Silk Sonic duo, a secondary project that’s been a viable extension of his craft.  It’s been seven years since Mars’ “24K Magic” was issued.

“Bruno wants it to include the biggest concerts he has ever done and is keen to mount a large-scale multi-dimensional live show,” the insider said.

He still has a series of Dolby Live concerts through June at Park MGM, where he continues to wow ‘em. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


Just asking…

Have you had to deal with a credit card that has been compromised?

To restate: has someone hacked your account and logged expenses that weren’t yours?

I’ve had a succession of these irritable moments, when I received a text message and a phone call that a rat was apparently at work.

My Hawaiian Airlines Master Card, I was told, likely was compromised. Bless the watcher/whistleblower, who flagged one charge and was right.  A sum – not mine – was logged  from Florida and thank Lord someone sniffed this foul play.

But three times, over two years? Humbug, yeah?

This incident required the termination of the victimized card and  a new replacement card; the result is that sites where I have automatic charges had to be informed and this card was immediately halted.

A replacement with a new number arrived via express mail, so now it’s business as usual.

But applause, to the scrutinizers, for sniffing out a crook. They are unsung heroes.


Since his splendid May Day concert last May at the Great Lawn of Bishop Museum – staged ‘neath that tented behemoth – Robert Cazimero, pictured below, has been enjoying a merry time, making good his wish and promise to share Lei Day beyond the reef.

Of course, the principal show had all the bells and whistles: the legendary kilohana presence of Cazimero, soprano Nina Keali‘iwahama and Olomana’s Jerry Santos. Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei O Lililehua, along with another guest halau, provided the syncopation and seduction of hula auwana and kahiko.

Following Oahu, Big Island audiences were treated to a performance May 13 at Kahilu Theatre, in Waimea, though with an abbreviated cast. It’s a longstanding tradition, to visit the Big Island, since The Brothers Cazimero “owned” May Day, since the era they delivered that May Day spectacle at the Waikiki Shell… where the tradition had its roots.

And this past week, Cazimero traveled to Japan to share that powerful cultural breeze of Hawaiian music, for hula-happy Nippon audiences, tapping soprano Keali‘iwahamana, pictured below right, and his “house band,” the singing, strumming, dancing trio of Keauhou (Zachary Lum, Nicholas Lum, and Jonah Solatorio)  not only to showcase the group’s instrumental and vocal energy, but also the hypnotic hula since the chums also dance with Cazimero’s halau.

The Keauhou presence, and participation in Lei Day, has bolstered the foundation as it now has planted seeds in new markets to set more Hawaiian roots beyond the islands. The Japanese, of course, adore Hawaiiana, and appreciate and eager to grow the “make a lei, wear a lei and give a lei” tradition. And with Zach Lum and his colleagues at the core of the event, the future looks stable and bright, with a growing village of supports eager get this thing glowing.

Every day can lei day any time, any place, but the practice becomes powerful when the mele and marvel are connected to faces and names that translate to trust. …

Hugh Jackman’s ‘Oklahoma!’

Advisory for fans of Hugh Jackman: Before he became a superstar of film and stage, he played Curly in a filmed musical of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” in Australia.

By all accounts, this 1998 vehicle would become a talking point and casting barometer to propel book him toward a musical, on stage or on the big screen.

I first saw him in his Tony Award-winning role where he portrayed Peter Allen in “The Boy From Oz,” his first Broadway musical, but missed him in last year’s “The Music Man” where he enacted Professor Harold Hill.

We’ve all seen and heard him in the last film version of “Les Miserables,” where he was Jean Valjean, and of course, he was the reason “The Greatest Showman” became a blockbuster, the hit film where he played P.T. Barnum.

So back to “Oklahoma!”  The vintage film, with a young Jackman, will make a rare two-day global return, to mark the 80th anniversary of “OK.”  In Honolulu, the screenings will be at 3 p.m. July 16 and at 7 p.m. July 19 at Consolidated’s Kahala Theatre, and Regal’s Dole Cannery and Pearl Highlands Theatres.

Tickets ($17.75 Kahala, $15.70 Regal) are already on sale online. Visit

Earlier this month, President Biden hosted a special screening of the anticipated Disney+ original series, “American Born Chinese,” as part of the largest Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month key event at the White House.

A host of actors of color were on hand. The series, now streaming on Disney+, tracks an immigrant family that includes an American son, at the crossroads of the cultural struggles reflecting real-life issues with storybook fantasies about a new American identity fusing family bonding.

“Nights like these are a reminder of the power of stories,” said the president.Academy Award-winning actor Ke Huy Quan was one of the key participants in the screening; Maui native Destin Daniel Cretton, pictured right, who was executive producer and director of “American Born Chinese,” attended with many other on-camera and off-camera folks, like series stars Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu,  Jimmy Liu and Sydney Taylor, and creative team members including executive producer and author of the graphic novel Gene Luen Yang series creator and showrunner Kelvin Yu, and executive producers Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan and Erin O’Malley. Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Alex Aiono, stars of the Disney+’s filmed-in-Hawaii  series, “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.,“ also attended. …

And that’s Show Biz. …