FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 6, 2013)
Highly acclaimed artists John Stephan and Benise will join fan favorite ʻUlalena with daily shows in the Lahaina venue.
John Stephan performs Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii – Maui Theatre today announced the addition of two new shows to its entertainment schedule. You Got It! – a salute to Roy Orbison, starring award-winning singer/songwriter John Stephan, and The Spanish Guitar – a riveting Latin music and dance experience with Emmy Award Winning guitarist Benise, will begin in late June of this year.
Benise and his Spanish Guitar
“We are very excited about these two world-class acts being a part of our Maui Theatre ‘ohana,” said General Manager Dennis Preussler. “By being able to offer ‘Ulalena, You Got It!, and The Spanish Guitar, we’ve added a whole new dimension of diversity to entertainment on the west side, for both visitors and local residents alike. Plus, all three shows will be hiring additional cast and crew members from right within our islands, so there will be new job opportunities available for our community.”
“Maui has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The local community is warm and inviting. I am excited to make Maui my new home!” said Australia’s John Stephan.
To accommodate the three Maui shows, Maui Theatre will now open its doors for two performances nightly, and one special matinee show on Mondays. Weekly schedule is as follows and is subject to change:
- ‘Ulalena: 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- You Got It! with John Stephan: 6:30pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; 8:30pm on Friday
- Benise – The Spanish Guitar: 8:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
- Special matinee show featuring John Stephan and Benise: 2pm on Monday
Kama’aina rates will be available.
“We are very fortunate that the tremendous success of ‘Ulalena has laid the groundwork for Maui Theatre to be able to offer our venue to shows like this, and in turn, offer Maui and Hawaii some really amazing entertainment,” Preussler said.
More information about grand opening performance dates for You Got It! and The Spanish Guitar as well as various full- and part-time job openings for all three two shows will be released soon.
ABOUT JOHN STEPHAN
Dubbed “the voice from down under”, John Stephan has shared the stage with some of America’s finest artists including country music superstars Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Faith Hill and Kenny Chesney. He has written songs for the likes of Blake Shelton and Vince Gill. He has toured Australia, Japan, United States and Europe and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. His latest project, You Got It!, has also sold out shows around the world including in Las Vegas where it premiered in September 2012.
You Got It! celebrates a legend in American music history, Roy Orbison. It is the only show of it’s kind in the world. It entwines a very personal narrative of Roy’s intriguing yet tragic life with spoken word from Roy Orbison’s eldest son Wesley, and a live concert featuring John Stephan performing Orbison’s #1 hits and all-time classics including Pretty Woman, Crying, In Dreams, Blue Bayou, Only The Lonely, You Got It, I Drove All Night, and many more. For more information visit www.OrbisonYouGotIt.com or www.JohnStephan.com.
Benise (pronounced Buh-ness-say) is hailed as “The Prince of Spanish Guitar”. He is an Emmy Award winning musician and has performed for 24 million TV viewers on hugely popular Dancing with the Stars. From his beginnings as a street musician to selling out 2000-seat theaters, he performs original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, with a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual.
Benise’s newest production, The Spanish Guitar, is a theatrical music and dance spectacle that has been called “The Latin Riverdance”. It takes the audience on an unprecedented and epic adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Argentinean Tango, Arabic, Waltz, and exotic drumming. The Spanish Guitar showcases classic songs from Led Zepplin, Queen, Bach, and The Eagles, to name a few. The addition of brilliant choreography and beautiful costumes makes this a family-friendly performance for fans of all ages. Los Angeles Daily News calls Benise a “fiery entertainer” and refers to The Spanish Guitar as “one of the most colorful shows of the season”. For more information visit, www.Benise.com.
‘Ulalena is an unparalleled Hawaiian theatrical production that has shared the rich cultural history of Maui and its people for almost 14 years. It was recently awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, placing it in the top performing 10% of all businesses worldwide, on the world’s largest travel site. The shows authentic depiction of the islands’ history combined with emotive music and dance, dazzling acrobatics and state-of-the-art light, sound and stage equipment invokes the sense and leaves the viewer wanting to know more about the islands’ culture and people. It is a quintessential cultural experience for our islands’ visitors, and a touching homage to Hawaiian peoples that Hawaii residents can truly take pride in. For more information visit www.mauitheatre.com.
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For tickets or more information, call (808) 856-7900.
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