The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is showcasing a new Big Band
dinner show, “Pacific Swing Hawaii.” // © 2011 Waikiki Beach Marriott
Resort & Spa
The Big Band Era of the 1940s is alive and well in Waikiki thanks to a new dinner show at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
Dubbed “Pacific Swing Hawaii,” the show features recording artist Nathan Osmond, son of 1970’s pop star Alan Osmond and nephew to Donny and Marie Osmond. It includes fast-paced performances by a professional cast and timeless hits including “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
As part of the experience, visitors can enjoy a dinner by the resort’s executive chef Miles Togikawa. After the show, they can swing dance to the sounds of a live big band orchestra playing the tunes of legends like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw.
“The 1940’s style of music and swing dancing is making a very strong comeback. Today’s generation is rediscovering this timeless musical era,” said Randal Davidson, the show’s executive producer. “VH1 just aired its new Salute the Troops tour with a 1940s rendition of the Andrew Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Along with the popularity of television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” swing dancing and the 1940s have become the hottest thing with the young generation.”
“Pacific Swing Hawaii” is presented three to four days a week. VIP tickets cost $137 per adult and $99 per child under 12 years of age. Dinner and show tickets cost $107 and $77, with show-only tickets for $77 and $57.