A new theater season is beginning on Broadway, yet “Hamilton” remains the toast of the town with sold-out houses deep into 2017 and tickets running well over $1,000 apiece.
A few of the anticipated new Broadway shows for 2016-17 include revivals of “The Front Page” starring Nathan Lane and John Goodman, and “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” starring Liev Schreiber. Original musicals include an adaptation of “A Bronx Tale,” book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and co-directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks; “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” book by David Greig, music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, starring Christian Borle as Willy Wonka; and an adaptation of the charming French film “Amelie,” book by Craig Lucas, music by Dan Messe and lyrics by Nathan Tyson, starring “Hamilton’s” Phillipa Soo. However, the most anticipated large-scale musical of 2017 is a revival of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler and scheduled to open in March.
On Maui the 2016-17 season has already begun with the recent “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical” and “12 Angry Jurors,” but due to a brief lull, a comprehensive theater guide seems fitting at summer’s end.
Following last year’s powerful “Trial of a Queen,” the Hawaii Pono’i Coalition brings “Mai Poina: The Overthrow” to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The play tells the story of the tumultuous last four days of the Hawaiian monarchy from the perspective of Native Hawaiians and loyalists.
* The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the McCoy Studio Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets for MACC events, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.
Later this month, Maui OnStage will present “Boeing, Boeing” by Marc Camoletti. This French farce is set in Paris during the swinging ’60s. Bernard must accommodate a rendezvous with his three stewardess fiancees, and when the Boeing super-jet allows all three to travel at a much faster rate, his schedule is thrown into chaos.
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16 at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. For more information or to purchase tickets for any Iao Theater event, call 242-6969 or visit www.mauionstage.com.
In October, Jim Oxborrow will produce and direct “House of Yes,” by Wendy MacLeod. When the brother of a mentally unbalanced young woman who thinks she’s Jackie Kennedy announces he’s engaged, the woman flies into a rage.
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 14 to 23 at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. To purchase tickets for any ProArts event, call 463-6550.
One of Hawaii’s most popular storytellers, Oahu’s Lopaka Kapanui, returns to Maui with “Haunted Hawaiian Nights.” More than just Hawaiian ghost stories, Kapanui’s tales share his knowledge of the history and legends of Hawaii.
* The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the McCoy Studio Theater the MACC.
King Kekaulike Drama presents “Go Ask Alice,” by Frank Shiras, based on the novel about a troubled teenage girl who becomes addicted to drugs.
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6 in the cafetorium on the King Kekaulike High School campus in Pukalani.
Kamehameha Schools Maui Drama Club will present “Sympathy Jones: The New Secret Agent Musical,” book by Brooke Pierce, music and lyrics by Masi Asare. Sympathy Jones is a disgruntled secretary who dreams of being a secret agent. When opportunity knocks, she seizes her chance in this 1960s-era musical-comedy.
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5 at the Keopuolani Hale on the Kamehameha Schools Maui campus in Pukalani. Admission is free to all Kamehameha Schools productions.
Also in October, Maui OnStage Youth Theater will present Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.”
* Performances will be at 11 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 22 to 30 at the Historic Iao Theater.
Seabury Hall Performing Arts will present “Sister Act: A Musical,” by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, with lyrics by Glenn Slater, music by Alan Menken, and directed by David Ward and Molly Schad, based on the Whoopi Goldberg film.
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 4 to 13 at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the school campus in Makawao. For more information or to purchase tickets for any Seabury Hall Performing Arts event, visit www.seaburyhall.org.
Returning to the MACC in November is Oahu’s Kumu Kahua Theatre with “UchinaAloha,” by Lee Tonouchi. This warm tale of an Okinawan family in Hawaii explores the change that every culture experiences when relocated.
* The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 in the McCoy Studio Theater.
Also in November, the MACC will present “Duke,” by Moses Goods. An award-winning actor, writer, storyteller and Maui native, Goods depicts the life of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku in this one-man show.
n Performances will be at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the McCoy Studio Theater.
Adaptations Dance Theater will host the second annual “Dance Maui 2017,” a festival showcasing Maui’s dance organizations as one community.
* The performance will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Ke’opuolani Regional Park Amphitheater in Kahului. For more information, visit www.adaptaionsdancetheater.com.
The holiday weekends will offer several choices this year as Maui OnStage presents “Mary Poppins,” book by Jullian Fellowes, music and lyrics by Robert and Richard Sherman, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, based on the Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke film.
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 25 through Dec. 11 at the Historic Iao Theater.
The Maui Academy of Performing Arts will present its semi-annual production of “Nutcracker Sweets.”
* Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in Castle Theater at the MACC.
ProArts Inc. will present “The Game’s Afoot or: Holmes for the Holidays,” by Ken Ludwig. This comedic murder mystery is scheduled to open in mid-December, running through January at the ProArts Playhouse.
* For updated information on all ProArts productions, visit www.proartspacific.com.
In January, John Padon will present “An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin,” starring Tony Fellicita and Dakota Horvath of the long-running Las Vegas production “Return of the Rat Pack.”
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and 7 and 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Historic Iao Theater.
The seventh annual Maui Fringe Theater Festival, a three-day marathon of theater, dance, music and comedy, will also help ring in the new year.
* Performances will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 and will run through Jan. 22 at the Historic Iao Theater.
King Kekaulike Drama will present the Maui premiere of “Pillow Talk,” adapted by Christopher Sergel and based on the Rock Hudson and Doris Day film.
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 20 to 29 in the King Kekaulike cafetorium.
Also in January is the second annual Common Ground Dance Festival: A Collective of Maui Movement Arts, directed by David Ward.
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center.
Also at Seabury Hall, David C. Johnston guest directs Arthur Miller’s Salem witch-trial classic, “The Crucible.”
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 24 through March 4, and at 3 p.m. March 5 at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center.
Maui OnStage’s annual spring musical will be “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and based on the Michael Caine and Steve Martin film.
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from March 3 to 19 at the Historic Iao Theater.
ProArts Inc. will present the heartwarming senior comedy “The Cemetery Club” by Ivan Menshell at the ProArts Playhouse in mid-March. Exact dates to come later.
Maui OnStage Youth Theater will present “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.”
* Performances will be at 11 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays from March 11 to 19 at the Historic Iao Theater.
King Kekaulike Drama will present its annual spring musical Disney’s “High School Musical,” by Peter Barsocchini, based on the 2006 movie starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.
* Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays from April 21 to 30 in the King Kekaulike cafetorium.
ProArts Inc. will present the classic Hitchcock thriller “Dial ‘M’ For Murder,” by Frederick Knott at the ProArts Playhouse in late April, with exact dates to be announced.
Maui OnStage will present the Aaron Sorkin drama “A Few Good Men.”
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays from April 28 through May 14 at the Historic Iao Theater.
The final show announced to date is Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical” presented by Maui OnStage.
* Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from July 14 through Aug. 6 at the Historic Iao Theater.