Continuing its annual tradition of presenting a Mainstage musical, Aloha Theatre will stream Songs for a New World beginning February 26. Songs for a New World is a song cycle created by Jason Robert Brown. Each song explores a moment of decision, the point of transition from old to new. Artistic Director Courtney Booth chose the play for its relevance to the present moment, saying, “the songs in this musical address different settings and stories, but each one reflects the difficulty of making a choice, particularly at a time like the one we are living through now.” Ticket info below.
Songs for a New World features an all-star cast, all Kona natives who have returned to the island. Ms. Booth served as director and noted, “the cast is wonderful, their talent is impressive and they all worked hard to bring the emotional energy the music requires.” Jaquelynn Jeanne Collier (Woman 2), a long-time Aloha Theatre performer, is the Aloha Theatre’s Education Director; during her time in New York, Jaquelynn appeared in several productions on stage and screen. Delaney Yuko Ross (Woman 1) – also a long-time Aloha Theatre performer with stage credits on the continent–is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology. Riley Saboro Lum Saito (Man 2) is a graduate of Santa Clara University and recently appeared in the theatre’s production of Into the Woods. Finally, Joshua “Baba” Tavares played the role of “Angel” in the 25th Anniversary National Tour of RENT; he currently teaches at ʻEhunuikaimalino and has served the Aloha Theatre as Hawaiian Cultural Specialist.
Songs for a New World is comprised of solo and group numbers in a variety of styles, both serious and comedic. Aloha Theatre’s production is supported by a live band, led by music director Dale Ross on piano. Other members are Gloria Juan, keyboard; Michael McGrath, guitar; Roy McGrath, bass; and Zach Var, drums.
As with all the theatre’s shows, Songs for a New World was supported by the work of volunteer designers and crew: Jacqueline Baldwin, Tyra Iaela, Victor Lugo, Dan McCoy, Gary Morphis, Crystal Nielsen, Delaney Yuko Ross, Jeff Rowand, Linda Rowand, Hal Snyder, and Judy Tringali, as well as set builders, painters, and videographers.
The Aloha Theatre extends its thanks to all who have supported the theatre’s work throughout the years as volunteers, patrons, and donors. Special financial support for current programming was provided by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Kukio Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, the County of Hawaii, Len and Sue Welter, Peter Schonberg, and Becca Hamar, John Holliday, and Nina Eejima.
Songs for a New World was filmed live at the Aloha Theatre and will be available to view online from February 26 through March 14. As a service to the community, tickets are free, although donations to support the theatre’s programming are gratefully accepted. Tickets are available at alohatheatre.com. Each ticket holder will receive a unique pass to access the stream; once viewing has begun, access will be available for 48 hours. Questions regarding tickets and how to access streaming for Songs for a New World can be directed to [email protected].
Ticket link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/46601
Photos: Stefani Pelletier