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The world premiere of Buffalo’ed takes the stage at Kumu Kahua Theatre (photo courtesy Kumu Kahua Theatre).

Dec. 2

DIAMOND HEAD THEATRE | 733.0274

The holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, The Musical, gets the Broadway treatment in this adaptation with music by Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens. Watch as Scrooge’s visit with three ghosts causes his miraculous change, just in time for Christmas. Through Dec. 28. diamondheadtheatre.com

Dec. 16

NEAL S. BLAISDELL ARENA | 800.745.3000

This year, Ballet Hawaii premieres a new take on the holiday favorite. Royal Nutcracker, choreographed by Septime Webre, is set in the 1858 Kingdom of Hawai’i. ticketmaster.com

Dec. 31

NEAL S. BLAISDELL CONCERT HALL | 800.745.3000

Bill Maher brings his biting comedy to Hawai’i for the sixth year in a row-and he’s got company. This time, Margaret Cho and Dana Gould are also here to help ring in the New Year with Maher. ticketmaster.com. Also at Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Jan. 1, 2017. 242.7469, mauiarts.org

Jan. 8

NEAL S. BLAISDELL CONCERT HALL | 946.8742

Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra presents Made in America featuring Maestro JoAnn Falletta and pianist William Wolfram. This all-American program includes standards from Gershwin and Bernstein, as well as contemporary composers such as John Corigliano. Wolfram performs Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major. ticketmaster.com

Jan. 12

MANOA VALLEY THEATRE | 988.6131

In the Hawai’i premiere of the romantic comedy, Stage Kiss, art imitates life when two actors with a romantic past are cast opposite each other as romantic leads in a stage melodrama. Through Jan. 29. manoavalleytheatre.com

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Margaret Cho and Dana Gould join in on Bill Maher’s 6th Annual New Year’s All-Star Evening of Comedy with shows on O’ahu and Maui (photo courtesy Rick Bartalini Presents).

Jan. 26

KUMU KAHUA THEATRE | 536.4441

Buffalo’ed, a world premiere play by Jeannie Barroga, uses an inventive range of theatrical tropes to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Calvary, sent to fight in the War of Philippine Independence, who were fighting against people who yearning for the same things they were: freedom. Through Feb. 26, 2017. kumukahua.org

Jan. 27

HAWAII OPERA THEATRE | 596.7858

It’s 1940s New Orleans, and Blanche DuBois has a lot of explaining to do when she shows up on her sister Stella’s doorstep. Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski, aims to get some answers in A Streetcar Named Desire, André Previn’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play. Through Jan. 31, 2017. hawaiiopera.org

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For Imayo: Japan’s New Traditionists, contemporary Japanese artists create a new piece inspired by traditional artwork. Pictured: Three Drunken Men Japan, 2016; by Kimura Ryoko, inspired by Three Drunken Women, Edo Period, by Torii Kiyonaga (photo courtesy Honolulu Museum of Art).

 On View

HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART | 532.8700
Imayo: Japan’s New Traditionists Through Jan. 8, 2017

HoMA Select Through June 25, 2017

BISHOP MUSEUM | 847.3511
Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Through Jan. 29, 2017

All events subject to change