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‘Showstoppers’ at ACT, ‘The King & I’ at DHT

February 26th, 2011

Musicals, anyone?
Army Community Theatre has replaced the earlier-announced “Chicago” with a musical revue, “Showstoppers,” which premiered Feb. 25 at Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter. A handful of familiar local troupers is in the cast.
Across town, Diamond Head Theatre has tapped Paolo Montalban, a Philippines star with Broadway and TV credits, to play the king in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s evergreen classic, “The King and I,” opening March 25 at DHT.
The ACT production collates the best of Broadway — past, present and future — and showcases the likes of Dennis Proulx, Shawa Masuda, Samuel Hesch, Renee Garcia-Hartenstein, Madison Eror, Alex Lanning, Guy Merola, Ingrid Harwood, Callie Doan, Miles Wesley and Ramon Del Barrior in song-and-dance favorites, some with an ensemble of dancers and singing chorus.
The fare includes “America” from “West Side Story,” “Love Never Dies” from “Phantom of the Opera 2: Love Never Dies,” “Send in the Clowns” from “A Little Night Music” and “And I’m Telling You ... I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.”
Tunes from “Grease,” “Kiss of the Spiderwoman,” “Rent,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Spring Awakening,” “Cats,” “Cabaret,” “American Idiot,” “Next to Normal,” “Miss Saigon” and “Wicked” are also on the smorgasbord agenda.
Brett Harwood is directing “Showstoppers,” with Lina Doo and Peter Rucci serving as co-musical directors. Grace Bell is choreographer.

In “The King and I,” Tricia Marciel portrays Anna Leonowens, the widow who brings her son Louis (Jackson Brians) to the Royal Palace in Bangkok, where she encounters the King of Siam (Montalban) to serve as tutor of his many children. The unusual love story, with global implications, embraces a such classics as “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.”
Montalban is best known for his portrayal of Prince Christopher, opposite Brandy as Cinderella, in ABC/Disney’s telepic of the Rodgers & Hammerstein oldie; he reprised his role on stage, opposite Deborah Gibson. He also appeared in such Broadway productions as “Pacific Overtures” and “King and I” and established a following as Kung Lao in TV’s “Mortal Kombat: Conquest.”
Grez Zane, a former Honolulu actor, director and ballet dancer, is guest-directing and choreographing, with Emmett Yoshioka conducting the orchestra.

‘SHOWSTOPPERS’
7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 13
Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter
$20-$25 adults, $15 children; discounts for students, senior citizens, military
438-4400, www.armytheatre.com

‘THE KING & I’
Premieres at 8 p.m. March 25; repeats at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through April 10, with 3 p.m. matinees April 2 and 9
Diamond Head Theatre
$12-$42, discounts for children under 18, fulltime students, seniors 62 and older and active-duty military
733-0274, www.diamondheadtheatre.com

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