To mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of the United States Air Force, OLELO Channel 53 (Spectrum) and Channel 1053 ( Hawaiian Telcom) will present the world television premiere of Joe Moore’s 2007 play, “Prophecy & Honor – The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell,” at 6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 4).
Additional telecasts will be at 4 p.m. Monday (Labor Day, Sept. 5), at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6), and at 10 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 7.)
“Prophecy & Honor” was a rare theatrical event, with Hollywood names performing alongside local actors. Such casting was a coup then, and remains one of the most ambitious stage endeavors here.
The archival video to be shown is a revised version of a live production staged Aug. 19, 2007, at the Hawaii Theatre. The show was a benefit produced by and for the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
Moore penned the play in 1992, which was performed at Diamond Head Theatre in 1993.
The central character is Gen. Billy Mitchell, regarded as the Father of the U.S. Air Force, and the drama focuses on his sensational court martial in 1925 for insubordination; he was critical of the nation’s top military and civilian leaders for disgraceful condition of aviation, and not providing a proper pace to air power in organizing the national defense of the country).
Of special interest to Hawaii viewers, the court martial reveals chilling details of his prediction – 16 years before it actually happened – of Japan’s surprise attack of Pearl Harbor, which triggered the start of World War II.
Moore appears as Mitchell and Richard Dreyfuss as Congressman Frank Reid (Mitchell’s civilian defense lawyer), and the impressive cast includes George Segal and Terence Knapp as the military prosecuting lawyers, Don Stroud as Mitchell’s military defense lawyer, David Farmer as the court-martial judge, Dezmond Gilla as the Pilot Narrator and Frank DeLima as Congressman Fiorello LaGuardia. Others in the cast include Allen Cole, Matthew Pedersen, Teresa Moore, Bree Bumatai, Greg Howell, George O’Hanlon, Bob Whiting, Rico Tudor and Bill Bigelow. …
Today (Sept. 3) is National Cinema Day, with Consolidated theaters offering $3 admission, $3 popcorn and $3 sodas today. (The snack costs are for any size).
But unless you already have tickets to the more popular features, you’re out of luck. Features such as “Top Gun: Maverick,” “League of Superpets,” “Thor: Love and Thunder,” and “Spiderman: No Way Home” are wholly sold out.
Regal screens also should have the $3 tickets, if not already gone.
Beats the $7 promotion for tickets at Tuesday shows ($10 at Ward and Kahala). Can’t get any cheaper, unless it’s free!
And all that jazz
The Dan Del Negro Trio will be featured in an evening of jazz at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Medici’s at Manoa Maketplace. The combo features Del Negro on piano, Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums, and Shawn Conley on bass. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner service ($75). Reservations: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/musicatmedicis/5142/event/1285950 or (808) 351-0901 …
The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, led by John Kolivas, does two shows tomorrow (Sept. 4) at Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki resort. Showtimes are at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with doors opening at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $25 and $35. Reservations: (808) 777-4890 or www.bluenotehawaii.com …
And that’s Show Biz.