The impact of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the wonderfully wacky multiverse that buoyed the viability of Asian performers – think Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, both Oscar winners this past Sunday in the Academy Awards – will get additional inclusive boost in Disney+’ upcoming series, “American Born Chinese,” streaming beginning May 24.
Yeoh, this year’s Best Actress, and Quan, who picked up the Best Supporting Actor statuette, will both appear in “American Born Chinese.” Stephanie Hsu, a nominee for Best Supporting Actress from “Everything,” will also be aboard.
We earlier reported that this series is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang. And the project has an island link: Maui’s Destin Daniel Cretton (Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Short Term 12”) is set to direct and additionally serves as executive producer.
“American Born Chinese” deals with a regular guy Jin Wang, facing the strains of high school social life and home friction. He’s entangled,too, in a battle of Chinese mythological gods, so expect a multiverse embracing seasoned Chinese actors on screen (some with kung fu skills) and a team of notable behind-the-camera vets including Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan, both involved in the Hawaii-fimed “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” …
Cruz to preview ‘Hawaiian Heart’ tunes
John Cruz and his band will give a preview of tunes from his original musical, “Hawaiian Heart,” from 11 a.m. to noon March 24 at the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center.
An EP of five tunes from the homegrown musical has been released, so Cruz – widely known for his “Island Style” hit song – will preview the songs with Taiana Tulley and Bronson Varde, who are the leads in the movie.
“Hawaiian Heart” is described as a musical rom-com about Lani, a young woman returning home to Kauai for the first time in years, reuniting with her high school sweetheart. Cruz serves as music supervisor for the project but will have a supporting role in the show, which is directed by Josh Goldman. Cruz and Goldman are co-writers of the 15 songs in the soundtrack.
Broadway grosses, week ending March 12
Not only is “The Phantom of the Opera” the hottest ticket on Broadway since January; the Andrew Lloyd Webber production also is receiving a staggering $497 high for tickets. Prices escalated in January, with standing-room-only at the Majestic Theatre, attracting folks who want to see the chandelier fall again. Or for the first time.
New arrivals on the Great White Way includes revivals of “Sweeney Todd” and “Parade,” so expect new faves in the weekly gross listing.
The top seven:
No. 1 – “Phantom,” with $2.740 million.
No. 2 – “Hamilton,” $1.915 million.
No. 3 – “Funny Girl,” $1.850 million.
No. 4 – “Sweeney Todd,” $1.805 million.
No. 5 – “Wicked,” $1.689 million,
No. 6 – “The Lion King,” $1.637 million.
No.7 – “MJ,” $1.564 million.
The compilation, courtesy The Broadway League:
And that’s Show Biz. …