September 2020 through July 2021

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2020 – 2021 Season

Manoa Valley Theatre annually produces a main stage season of six or more productions, each selected from recent Broadway or off-Broadway offerings, with a two-fold purpose: to entertain island audiences and to offer stimulating and educational opportunities in theatre arts production to our community’s ever-growing population of actors and craftsmen. The annual season runs from September through July. Occasional special projects are produced in other community venues. MVT’s Studio Series offers special attractions from time to time on dark nights during the main stage run.

December 11 – 13, 2020

*Live taping for Broadcast on HPR

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

A live radio play by Kevin Conners, adapted for the stage by Joe Landry.

“A lighthearted, jolly evening of theater.” -Connecticut Critics Circle

This Dickens classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials, live sound effects, and musical underscoring. A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying, “Bah Humbug!”

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January 7 – 24, 2021

A Hawaii Premiere

Desperate Measures

a Wild West musical comedy by David Friedman and Peter Kellogg

“Flat-out musical comedy fun. A frisky night of sex, schtick and showtunes.” – BroadwayWorld
“Bodacious and bawdy.” – Theatre Reviews Limited

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

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March 11 – 28, 2021

A Hawaii Premiere

Be More Chill

A musical comedy by Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz, and Ned Vizzini

“If you fed ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Mean Girls’ to the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ plant, you’d get BE MORE CHILL.” – The New Yorker

“Broadway’ s wiliest and socially savviest night out for teens and parents alike.” – Variety

Be More Chill is the new musical sensation that’s about to invade your brain. It’s just your atypical love story – a guy (he wants to fit in), a girl (she wants to be noticed), and the supercomputer inside the guy’s head.

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May 13 – 30, 2021

A Hawaii Premiere

Cambodian Rock Band

A dramatic comedy with music; by Lauren Yee adapted by Nia Vardalos

“A fierce, gorgeous, heartwarming, comedic fairy tale […]characters so joyfully and ridiculously human that it’ s impossible not to identify with them.” – The Los Angeles Times

“Good old rock’n’roll, Cambodian-style. Clap your hands, everybody, and sing along!” -The New York Times

Cambodian Rock Band thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Actor/Musicians perform live contemporary hits and songs from the 60s and 70s Cambodian rock scene.

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July 8 – 25, 2021

A Local Favorite

Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Time

A musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia

The show is still her ever-popular amalgamation of ideas from MAD magazine, Rocky & Bullwinkle’s “Fractured Fairy Tales,”It’s a recipe that never gets old for Hawaii audiences, and, as always, the comic characters stand out.

– Star Advertiser

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 they’ve never heard them before.

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July 15 – 25, 2021

A Hawaii Premiere

Tiny Beautiful Things

A dramatic comedy by Cheryl Strayed

“Profound compassion radiates.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“Funny and unwavering… The collective humanness is truly the extraordinary thing about this piece of work.” – NewCity Stage

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies her time working as the online advice columnist “Sugar.” A play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.

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