Hawaii’s Ruthie Ann Miles, a Tony Award winner, will be part of the cast of a revival of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” the acclaimed musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.

Miles will  play the Beggar Woman in this reboot, headlined by Josh Groban as the murderess barber Sweeney Todd and Annaleigh Ashford  as Mrs. Lovett, the pie maker.

Ruthie. Ann Miles

Miles, a Kaimuki High School graduate, earned a Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Tony for her portrayal of Lady Thiang in an earlier revival of “The King and I.”

Other supporting roles include Jordan Fisher, from “Dear Evan Hanson,” as Anthony, and Gaten Matarazzo, of “Stranger Things, “as Tobias.

Thomas Kail, who directed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning “Hamilton,” will helm the show.

Previews begin Feb. 26 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with opening night set for March 26…

Hiccups on KSSK

I’ve been listening to KSSK, to get into the holiday mood, and it’s a most wonderful thing to hear the likes of Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Brenda Lee, and many others whose vocals are not commonly on the airwaves these days.

But the radio station has a peculiar hiccup/stutter distraction, where a word or two is repeated. Sounds like those old phonograph records, which can jump or be stuck while listening, but KSSK’s music resources are all digital, so something’s quirky on air and that shouldn’t be happening.

Makes me wonder if anyone deejaying on air listens to what’s playing, to fix the problem.

Just wondering …

Broadway grosses, week ending Dec. 11

“The Music Man” still prevails at No. 1, in Broadway gross tallies, with $3.389 million.

But there’s been a bit of up-and-down rankings last week.

No. 2 is “The Lion King,” with $2.365 million.

No. 3 is “Wicked,” with $2.083 million.

No.4 is “Hamilton,” normally second, but dropping to $2.077 million.

No. 5 is “The Phantom of the Opera,” with $2.020 million

The list is courtesy of the Broadway League…

And that’s Show Biz. …

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