September 2021 - JULY 2022
2021-22 Mainstage Season
September 2-19, 2021
A musical comedy by Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz and Ned Vizzini
A Hawai‘i Premiere
Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about "The Squip," a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? Be More Chill is a rocking new sci-fi musical about growing up, high school and what we will do to get what we want.
The Joy Luck Club
a drama by Susan Kim, adapted from the novel by Amy Tan
November 4-14, 2021
The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four older Chinese American women and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters. The play moves from China in the early twentieth century and San Francisco from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the eight women struggle to reach across a seemingly unpassable chasm of culture, generation and expectations to find strength and happiness.
a Wild West musical comedy
by David Friedman and Peter Kellogg
A Hawai‘i Premiere
January 13-30, 2022
Dangerously handsome Johnny Blood must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of Old West characters in this witty and wild musical comedy shakeup of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure! Winner: 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical
The 39 Steps
a farcical comedy
by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
March 17-27, 2022
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
Cambodian Rock Band
a dramatic comedy with music;
by Lauren Yee
A Hawai‘i Premiere
May 5-15, 2022
Discover Cambodia’s lost surf rock scene through the eyes of a young Cambodian American woman and her father, a Khmer Rouge survivor who begrudgingly returns to his home country for the first time in thirty years. This thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Featuring actor/musicians who perform a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies live, playwright Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the 60’s and 70’s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all.
Spamilton: An American Parody
a musical comedy by Gerard Alessandrini
July 7-24, 2022
at Mānoa Valley Theatre
Spamilton: An American Parody is a musical parody of the Broadway show Hamilton. Written by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the parody revue Forbidden Broadway, Spamilton also parodies several other musicals, included Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot, The Book of Mormon and Sweeney Todd, and personalities, like Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing and Liza Minnelli.
Plus two outside the season
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play performed by an African American cast
a live radio play
Adapted for the Stage by Joe Landry
from the Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling
December 2-5, 2021
George, Clarence, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this live radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey, and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never heard it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!
Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Time
a musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia
June 30-July 10, 2022 at Kaīmuki High School
Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Time adapts and intertwines familiar tales to create a musical fairy tale fantasy for the whole family! Audience members journey to the kingdom of Da Wicked Queen and crazy characters in this delightful retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Hansel and Gretel, told “local style,” as you’ve never heard them before.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday Matinee 3:00pm
Due to newly updated COVID protocols, all audience members must be fully vaccinated.
We will continue to require masks to be worn at all times in the theatre.
All seating at Manoa Valley Theatre is now assigned.
Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the showtime to allow for proper check in.
Welcome back to Manoa Valley Theatre, enjoy the show