Side by Side by Sondheim opening October 2nd
Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College is pleased to announce that the show will go on… there now WILL be a fall Broadway musical production in October. The musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim, featuring dozens of the most popular and memorable Stephen Sondheim songs, will open on Friday, October 2nd and run for six performances only, closing on Sunday, October 11th, with no weekend extensions past that point. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinees at 2 pm.
Memorable songs are from notable shows such as West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. From “Send in the Clowns” to “Being Alive” to “I’m Still Here,” audiences will be swept into the familiar clever music of America’s finest lyricist.
Side by Side by Sondheim features an all-star cast of 5 well-known performers, who have each won Po’okela awards for their roles in major shows. The cast consists of: Kip Wilborn, who portrayed Valjean in Paliku Theatre’s hit production of Les Miserables; Kim Anderson, who was Cossette in the same Po’okela award-sweeping production; multi-award winning actress and renowned Honolulu chanteuse, Shari Lynn; and Jade Stice, who went straight from Ron Bright’s drama class at Castle High School to the opening Broadway cast of Miss Saigon. The continuity for this revue, written by Ned Sherrin, who created the pioneering TV comedy news show “That Was the Week That Was,” will be narrated by the manager of Paliku Theatre, Tom Holowach. The original New York production of this show in 1976 was the first Broadway show in history to have every single cast member nominated for a Tony Award. This is the first time that Side by Side by Sondheim has been produced in Hawaii since 1986, and Shari Lynn starred in that cast as well.
Tickets on sale now for this rare and limited, 6 performance run of Side by Side by Sondheim are a mere $29 for Adults, $26 for Seniors 62 or older, active military and UH faculty and Staff, and for Students of any age, and children through age 25 are just $20. Reservations may be made directly online at www.eTicketHawaii.com under Performing Arts/ Paliku Theatre, or by calling the Box Office directly at 235-7310. There is a $3 service charge for each ticket purchased on the Internet.
The musical which had been previously scheduled and advertised for this fall, A Grand Night for Singing, was cancelled because of the untimely death of beloved director Ronald E. Bright. Rather than doing a tribute show on such short notice, his family and Paliku Theatre agreed that quickly putting together a smaller show with the same quality as previous productions would be the best way to honor his memory at this time, because Ron Bright would be the first to insist that the “show MUST go on!”
Besides the notable professionals onstage in Side by Side by Sondheim, the stellar production staff includes Musical Director Emmett Yoshioka, Broadway choreographer Ramon del Barrio, and award-winning set, lighting and costume designers such as R. Andrew Doan, Janine Myers, Lloyd “Sandy” Riford II and Lacy Rohlf. If ever there was a group of theatre people who can put together a masterpiece in just 5 weeks, this is it; every single one of them have won prestigious awards in their respective fields!