The Hawaii Ukulele Festival will celebrate everything ukulele, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (July 23).
It’s the same attraction, at the same site, for the same reason: To showcase ukulele strummers and glorify the versatility of the four-stringed instrument.
But the event has new presenters, since Roy Sakuma, who launched the festival several decades ago, has retired.
The new backers mean many new uke players will perform, including Kamakakehau Fernandez, Ku’uipo Kumukahi (pictured, left) Mika Kane, Na Ukulele ‘Ekolu, Kalei and Corey, Brittney Paiva, Kris Fuchigami, Kimo Hussey, and Zanuck Lindsey.
Admission is free. If you’re a uke player, bring your instrument for impromptu jams. …
Broadway strike averted
The IATSE (International Alliance of Theatre Stage Employees) strike on Broadway, which would have happened on Friday (July 21), is off.
The Broadway League and Disney Theatrical have a tentative 11th hour agreement that will avert the strike, according to Playbill.com.
IATSE members have yet to vote and approve the so-called Pink Contract, for behind-the-scene workers like backstage hair and makeup personnel and other theatrical support workers. If the union members reject the new pact, a new strike date could be set.
But for now, the lights of Broadway – and national touring shows – will be aglow as usual. …
Broadway grosses for week ending July 16
The roar of “The Lion King” still is No. 1 on the Broadway charts.
In fact, longevity is part of the way to get into the “million dollar” club.
We list the Lucky 7 each week:
1 – “The Lion King,” $2.638 million.
2—“Hamilton,” $1.856 million.
3—“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” $1.805 million.
4 – “Wicked,” $1.802 million.
5 –“MJ, the Michael Jackson Musical,” $1.596million.
6– “Aladdin,” $1.586 million.
7—“Funny Girl,” $1.479 million.
The complete list, courtesy The Broadway League:
And that’s Show Biz. …