Tootsie
SHOW EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 23

Michael Dorsey is a skilled actor with a talent for not keeping a job. Desperate and out-of-work, Michael makes a last-ditch effort at making his dreams come true…by disguising himself as actress Dorothy Michaels. In a meteoric rise to Broadway stardom, Dorothy soon has audiences falling at her feet while Michael (disguised as Dorothy) is falling for his co-star, Julie. It isn’t long before Michael realizes that maintaining his greatest acting success is going to be much harder than he expected. Based on the movie, “Tootsie” was hailed as “Broadway’s funniest new musical!” by The New York Post. The show received 11 Tony Award nominations, winning for Best Book of a Musical. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Call (808) 733-0274 or buy tickets here. Runs May 31 to June 23. See our new theatre seat map.

OUR STORY ON STAGE

In 1915, The Footlights was formed as a new theatrical group in Honolulu. The Amazons was its first production and starred many prominent Honolulu citizens inlcuding Will Lewers, Mrs. Walter F. Dillingham, Helen Alexander, Margaret Center and Gerrit Wilder. Held at Honolulu Opera House, where the historic Merchant Street Post Office now stands, these collective performances would serve as the spirited beginning of America’s third-oldest, continuously operating theatre.

In 1934, the wildly popular Footlights evolved into Honolulu Community Theatre. Its original mission still stands: “Community service through the art of theatre, involving Hawaii’s people as audience members, stage crew and performers.”

During World War II, thousands of troops were entertained at more than 300 performances throughout the Pacific (a tradition that continued with the Pacific tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ during the 1990 season).

Honolulu Community Theatre found a home to call its own in 1952. It took up permanent residence in Honolulu’s Gold Coast District of Diamond Head. Back then, Fort Ruger was a critical army base that included a military residential community and an aging movie house that was built in the 1930s. Although never designed for stage productions, the war-era movie house was retrofitted to the extent it could. A scene shop and costume center were added. Installation of lighting and sound systems were made in the 1980s.

In 1990, a new name for an old friend was given. Honolulu Community Theatre became Diamond Head Theatre. The aging theatre house was reimagined and a contemporary and visionary live theatre was opened in January 2023. DHT’s Fort Ruger Theatre closed on October 2022 with an encore performance of Anything Goes. Support is needed for phase II redevelopment of the Theatrical Arts Building devoted to education programs, a costume center and offices.

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ACT II: A NEW ARTS COMPLEX

ACT II brings a second phase of a Capital Campaign to set the stage for the future of community theatre in Hawaii as we plan for our next 100 years. We are Hawaii’s Broadway of the Pacific and the nation’s third oldest community theatre. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube to see our construction in progress.

WE BELONG TOGETHER

Diamond Head Theatre brings Hawaii together to celebrate music, dance and the art of performance with spirited shows, a continuum of classes and exciting experiences for the entire ohana.

Auditions

Auditions & Volunteers

Audition for our next show. Host a fundraiser. Invite us to speak to your group. Serve as an usher. Help in our scene shop. There are so many ways to get involved.

Classes

Spring Classes Open on March 11

We welcome the young and old as well as beginners and professionals. Our year-round and special guest classes are full of dance, song and laughter.

2022-23 Season Video

2023-24 Season Sizzles

Watch our video as this season will bring laughter, tears and belonging. Producer’s Club members and season ticket holders are guaranteed seats in shows that rival Broadway.