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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHnUO35ZVPU__5LQ0AZRjU2J-OJFYAS4juvnMO9cRUXL2ogQ/viewform

For more information, including submission deadlines for entries, visit: https://hiff.org/futurefilmmakers

Short film submissions must be submitted by Sept. 23, visit  filmfreeway.com/hiff 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. …

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