Henry Kapono is widening his presence on the local show front.

His Henry Kapono Foundation is launching “On the Rise,” a new concert series, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Manoa Valley Theatre.

He will be among the performers in this new (to him) venue, reaching out to a theatrical clientele. The on-the-rise acts to be featured are a pair of singers-musicians, Ryan Perez, and Drew Henmi.

Alx Kawakami, a member of the board of the Henry Kapono Foundation and a musician in the Kapono band, will be show host. He is a Manoa resident also known as a member of his family group, ManoaDNA.

Kapono, pictured,, who also stages concerts featuring his band and local artists at Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki resort, is widely known as a recording act of Cecilio and Kapono fame and a soloist performing his numerous compositions. He also is the popular attraction at the Sunday beach jams front Duke’s restaurant on the beach at Waikiki.

Tickets: ci.ovationtix.com  …

Comedy trio

Hawaii’s favorite stand-up comedies are sharing the stage and limelight at the new pop-up No Vacancies comedy club. Augie Tulba, Andy Bumatai and Frank DeLima alternate their gigs, and the playdates In the immediate future include:

  • Jan. 5 – 6 p.m., DeLima; 8 p.m., Bumatai.
  • Jan. 6 – Noon, DeLima; 6 p.m., Bumatai; 8 p.m., Tulba.
  • Jan. 12 – 6 p.m., DeLima; 8 p.m., Tulba;
  • Jan. 13 – Noon, DeLima; 6 p.m., DeLima; 8 p.m., Bumatai.
  • Jan. 19 – 6 p.m., DeLima; 8 p.m., Tulba;
  • Jan. 20 – Noon, DeLima; 6 p.m., Bumatai; 8 p.m., Tulba.

Tickets: $20-$30, at Eventbrite.com …

Two musicals gross more than $4 million

The New Year’s weekend proved to be box office gold on Broadway, with two long-time-running shows, logging record-breaking gross figures topping more than $4 million.

‘Twas the first time that two shows topped the elite $4 million tally.

Further, six other shows grossed more than $2 million, also a first.

The Top 10:

1 – “The Lion King,” $4,316 million.

2 – “Wicked,”$4,003 million.

3 – “Aladdin,” $2,979 million.

4 – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” $2,718 million.

5 – “MJ The Musical,” $2,613 million.

6 – “Hamilton,” $2,404 million.

7 –  “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” $2,261 million.,

8 – “Back To The Future: The Musical,” $2,109 million.

9 – “Merrily We Roll Along,” $1,995 million.

And 10 – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” $1,780 million.

The total list, courtesy The Broadway League:

And that’s Show Biz. …

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