Honolulu Theater and Musicals: Summer Lineup

This summer is bursting with promising musicals and theater performances from Hawai‘i’s local talent.


Once Upon One Noddah Time Pc Brandon Miyahi

Photo: Credit Brandon Miyahi // Courtesy of Mānoa Valley Theatre


Once Upon One Noddah Time

June 29 to July 9, Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.

A local style retelling of classic fairy tales, this theater anthology brings adventure—and pidgin—to the stage.



$15–$45, Kaimukī High School Performing Arts Center, 2705 Kaimukī Ave. manoavalleytheatre.com, @manoavalleytheatre



The Chinese Lady Pc Erich Steinwandt Gudoy

Photo: Credit Erich Steinwandt-Gudoy // Courtesy of Mānoa Valley Theatre


The Chinese Lady

July 13 to July 30, Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m.

Following the story of an immigrant Chinese woman who was exploited in America for her exoticism, this play based on a true story manages to be both heartfelt and humorous.



$24–$45, Mānoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Mānoa Road, manoavalleytheatre.com, @manoavalleytheatre


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Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

July 14 to July 23, Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.

Students of the Pacific Academy of Performing Arts perform this stage adaptation of the family-favorite Disney musical. With all the familiar songs from the cartoon plus more from the Broadway adaptation, this show is sure to be a crowd pleaser for fans of every generation.



$5–$10, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., hawaiitheatre.com, @hawaiitheatre



Beauty and The Beast

July 21 to Aug. 6, various times

Another Disney cartoon turned stage musical, this theater adaptation brings the multi-award winning musical score to life. Recognizable songs such as “Be Our Guest” and “Gaston” will have you wanting to sing along in your seats. Buy your tickets soon because they’re selling fast.



$27–$52, Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapu‘u Ave., diamondheadtheatre.com, @diamondheadtheatre




July 28 to Aug. 20, Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

The Actors’ Group Hawai‘i’s talented cast takes on this Olivier Award-winning play, which presents a delicate and intimate story about gender identity and relationships.



$20–$30, The Actors’ Group, 650 Iwilei Road, Suite 101, taghawaii.net, @tagactors


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Aug. 17 to Sept. 17, Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m.

Following up their sold-out fan favorite “People You Meet in Longs,” Kumu Kahua Theatre delivers another relatable and powerful local narrative. This story from Hawai‘i playwright Eric Stack centers around the TMT controversy, detailing a conflict of culture as well as unexpected sanctuary, understanding and the different facets of love.



$5–$25, Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St., kumukahua.org, @kumukahua


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The Willard Suitcases

Aug. 24 to Sept. 10, Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.

This musical interlaces historical fiction with authentic stories of institutionalized mental patients from the infamous Willard Asylum. Inspired by the stories found in the 400 suitcases left in the asylum after it closed, the show examines mental health and the treatment of the misunderstood.


$20–$35, Koa Theater, 780 S. Beretania St., koatheater.com, @koa_theater