Manoa Valley Theatre will launch the Hawaii premiere of “Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musical,” on July 11.

Clooney, a Hollywood veteran of recordings, film, radio and television, was the aunt of Oscar-winning actor-director George Clooney.

Jennifer Cleve Sojot stars as Rosemary Clooney, and Lance Rae will appear in multiple roles including Doctor.

“Temderly” duo: Jennifer Cleve Sojo is Rosemary Clooney, Lance Rae is Doctor.

Stephanie Conching is directing the production, with Miki Yamamoto as musical director.

Clooney was a pop music and jazz diva of her time, noted for such hit songs as “Tenderly,” “Come-on-a-My House,” “This Ole House,” “Hey There,” and “Half as Much.”

“Tenderly” will run July 11 to 21. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, with a 3 p.m. matinee on July 21.

Tickets: $25 to $47, available at and (808) 988-6131 …

Ginai at Medici’s on Saturday


Ginai, two-time winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, will stage a “Tribute to Michael Franks” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 29) at Medici’s at Manoa Marketplace. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner.

The evening will include such Franks hits as “Popsicle Toes” and “The Lady Wants to Know,” and perhaps selections from Ginai’s notable albums, “Hot Club of Hulaville,” “Django Would Go,” and
“Hula Joe & the Hut Jumpers.”

Tickets: $59, available at or (808) 351-0901 …

Merrily’ joins $2 million club

Following its multi-Tony Awards this year, “Merrily We Roll Along” has joined the elite $2 million club, good for third place in this year’s Broadway grosses.

The Top Ten:

1—”The Lion King,” $2,282 million.

2—“Wicked,” $2,222 million.

3—”Merrily We Roll Along,” $2,173 million.

4—”Hamilton,” $1,972 million.

5—“Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” $1,814 million.

6—”Hell’s Kitchen,” $1,800 million.

7—”An Enemy of the People,” $1,545 million.

8—” The Wiz,” $1,481 million.

9— Aladdin,” $1,431 million.

10—”MJ the Musical.” $1,352 million.

The complete list, courtesy the Broadway League:

And that’s Show Biz…

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