Diamond Head Theatre (DHT), the nation’s third oldest continuously operating community theatre, announces its 2023-2024 season offering 6 shows including contemporary sensations, family favorites and classic crowd pleasers.
Season subscriptions are on sale now and prices start at $150 for the entire season of shows. Single tickets are also on sale for most of the shows. Additional shows may be added.
The show lineup is as follows:
Mamma Mia (September 22 to October 15, 2023) This sunny, comical tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. The story begins with a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father, a mystery which had never been revealed to her. She secretly contacts three men from her mother’s past, and they all show up (on the eve of her wedding) to the island they all last visited some 20 years ago. The magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
My Fair Lady (December 1 to December 17, 2023) Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. When Higgins remarks that he could help Eliza speak properly and raise her status in the community, Pickering challenges him to do so and Eliza takes him up on the offer. Though difficult and frustrating for both Eliza and Higgins at first, the lessons soon begin to work wonders, and produce results that neither predict. Beloved songs include “Wouldn’t it be Loverly?”; “With a Little Bit of Luck”; “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “On the Street Where You Live.”
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (February 2 to February 18, 2024) A fast-paced, funny farce that takes place in an isolated mansion in the middle of a snowstorm, and pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” as well as the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday.
The plot centers around a backers’ audition for a Broadway musical that’s being held at an upstate New York home. A group of performers and producers find themselves cut off from the outside world with only a deranged murderer (the Stage Door Slasher) for company! Complete with secret passages and a bizarre cast of characters, this brilliantly plotted play has become a modern comedy classic.
Kiss Me, Kate (April 5 to April 21, 2024) Lilli Vanessi returns to the stage from Hollywood to re-team with her former costar and ex-husband, Fred Graham in a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. Foes at first, things quickly turn sweet between Lilli and Fred when they each realize that the spark that once made them lovers is still there. That is, until a mistaken bouquet delivery sets them off again and causes their combat to spill over to their on-stage scenes. Filled with Cole Porter classics such as “Another Op’nin’ Another Show”; “So in Love”; “Too Darn Hot,” and “Always True to You in My Fashion.”
Tootsie (May 31 to June 16, 2024) 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.
Frozen (July 26 to August 11, 2024) Recently seen on Broadway, this timeless tale of true love and acceptance between sisters will bring Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life on our new stage. Featuring all of the songs from the Oscar®-winning animated film, this unforgettable theatrical experience is sure to thaw even the coldest heart. Diamond Head Theatre is the first community theatre in the nation to secure the rights to present the full-length version of Disney’s Frozen.