Eco- and family-friendly 'Honu' musical due in Waikiki
“Honu by the Sea,” a new musical by Island singer, composer and producer Johnson Enos, is expected to open this summer in Waikiki as a family-friendly entertainment with an ecological theme. The date and venue have not yet been revealed.
Vocal auditions were held this weekend at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch room, for a cast of young adults and adults who must be island residents.
Singers will be notified on April 23 for callbacks, to be held from April 24 to 27, with an eight-week rehearsal period starting May 1.
The show, created by Enos via Johnson Entertainment LLC, will explore eco-friendly issues through song and dance, dealing with the sea. Honu is the Hawaiian word for turtle.
Enos is a veteran performer in island shows, a former recording artist, and a producer-arranger for several Mainland acts over the years whose clients have included Bette Midler.
Ron Bright, the retired but still active educator-director of numerous Broadway musicals over his brilliant career as the foundation of the Castle Performing Arts Company during his tenure at Castle High School, will direct.
Presumably, if “Honu” settles into a Waikiki environment, it would need to attract both a visitor and local audience to sustain.