“Magnum P.I.” surely is a show that has had challenges and bumps in the road following its cancellation from CBS to its reinstatement at NBC.
The show had to postpone its customary “Sunset on the Beach” season-opening episode back in February.

But fans and supporters now can get a sneak peek at Episode 9 – at a “Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki, from 4 p.m. Friday (April 14)  — before the on-air screening at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 16) on NBC. Remember, a budding romance started at the end of season five led to locked lips when season six began last February.

Of course, Jay Hernadez, pictured, who is Thomas Magnum, will appear to introduce he episode, which he directed. Castmates Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill and Tim Kang will also be present.

The revived “Magnum” earned decent ratings that accelerated in the first few weeks,  then numbers dropped a bit, signalling brief doubts about a second season with NBC, even though two seasons were promised at the time of the network switches. Numbers (ratings) matter, after all.

Beachfront entertainment will be provided by Tavana, KAMANAWA with Kalei Kahalewai, kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia, Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie and Hālau Kahulaliwai, Johnny Helm, the UH Rally Band and Taimane.

 The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Concessions will be available on site…

A dark comedy about ableism

“You’re NOT Sick,” a dark comedy exploring the role of ableism in contemporary Oahu, will be in a brief run at 7:30 p.m. April 14, 15, 21 and 22 at KOA Theatre, at 780 St. Beretania St.

Corpus Productions is staging the play, based on the real-life experiences of director Kat Rothman, which navigates  a series of frustrating and quirky characters amid the  ableism community. Ableism refers to the discrimination of people with disabilities —with the non-disabled aiming prejudice and discrimination at disabled people, often with a patronizing desire to cure their disabilities by trying to make them normal but treating them instead with inferiority.

Mike Poblete is co-directing the play, depicting a callous doctor, an invasive Uber driver, and for a bit of magical realism, an anthropomorphic spoon.

The cast includes Dan Connell, Hulita Drake, Michael “Donut” Donato, Christine Lamborn, Dylan Chace Lee, Marcus Lee, and Amy K. Sullivan.

Tickets: $25, general admission; $20, military and students.

The  play is being staged in partnership with Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, a nonprofit providing independent living programs and services for persons with disabilities all over Hawaii.

Audience talkbacks will be held after the April 14 and 22 performances with participation from representatives from AILH to discuss how the issues raised in the play provide information on how folks can support our local disabled community…

Dates to log, if you’re tony about Tonys

If you’re a Broadway buff, here are early dates to remember:

Nominations will be announced May 2.

The awards will be held June 11 originating from New York City’s uptown United Palace theater and televised on CBS and Paramount+.

Ariana DeBose,  last year’s host, will return again …

Everything’s coming up grosses

Not surprisingly, “The Phantom of the Opera,” which is finally closing on April 16, continues to be Broadway’s No. 1 attraction.

Surprising, “Hamilton” – for years the consistent No. 1 weekly blockbuster – has been slipping down several notches, initially when Hugh Jackman’s “The Music Man” entered the Broadway marketplace.

The top seven shows:

  • “The Phantom of the Opera,” $3,648 million.
  • “The Lion King,” $2.980 million.
  • “Wicked,” $2.751 million.
  • “Aladdin,” $2.178 million.
  • “Hamilton,” $2.001 million.
  • “MJ The Musical,” $1.845 million.
  • “Funny Girl,” $1.830 million.
  • The grosses for the week, courtesy The Broadway League…

And that’s Show Biz…

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