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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 5, 2010

‘Hairspray’ highlights DHT’s 2010-2011 season

Advertiser Staff

Diamond Head Theatre is the first community theater in the United States to secure the rights to the “Hairspray,” and the 2003 Tony Award-winning musical highlights DHT’s 2010-2011 season, just announced today.

"We're thrilled to have acquired the rights for the first Honolulu production of Hairspray. And, that's in addition to a season already packed with hit songs, big laughs, and sure-fire entertainment," DHT Artistic Director John Rampage stated in a news release announcing the new season. "This season, we've really got something for everyone!"
“Crazy For You,” (Sept. 24-Oct. 10) opens the six-play season. Season tickets go on sale June 7 for $210 (Diamond Head Circle), $150 (Section A), $105 (Section B), and $54 (Section C).
Individual tickets for all shows go on sale August 23. The 2010-2011 Season wil run from September 2010 through July 2011. Tickets can be purchased at the DHT Box Office, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 733-0274. Single tickets can also be purchased online at diamondheadtheatre.com .
A look at Diamond Head Theatre’s 2010-2011 season:
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig
Staged here 10 years ago, “Crazy For You” is a high-energy comedy, full of mistaken identities, plot twists and fabulous tap dance numbers. The curtain opens on the backstage of the Zangler Theater in 1930s New York. It’s the season-finale performance of The Zangler Follies. Bobby Child, the rich son of a banking family, is backstage hoping for an audition with Zangler. Bobby gets his audition…but fails to impress the impresario. His theatre career seemingly derailed, Bobby is sent by his mother to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a rundown theatre. Life in Nevada, however, gets complicated.

LITTLE WOMEN, The Broadway Musical
DECEMBER 3 - 19, 2010
Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, it follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Alcott’s theme of family solidarity – especially the powerful bond between sisters, made her a best-selling author.

JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Play by Paul Rudnick
A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a gothic apartment. Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play “Hamlet” in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled and he hates “Hamlet.”
His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own.

MARCH 25 – APRIL 10, 2011
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured tale. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, “Miss Anna,” and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a unique love story.

MAY 20 – JUNE 5, 2011
Book by Kevin Del Aguila, Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker

“Altar Boyz” is a comedy about a struggling Christian boy-band (with one nice Jewish boy) looking for their big break in the Big Apple. The show tells the story of five small-town boys—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious but irreverent pop act, worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple?

JULY 15 – JULY 31, 2011
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

“Hairspray” delights audiences by sweeping them away to 1960s Baltimore. The story begins with loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, who has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program. Overnight, she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. But Tracy’s world doesn’t stay so rosy, as she runs into trouble when she tries to expand the show so she can dance with her black friends, which is easier said than done in 1962. The musical-comedy, with hit songs like “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.