After finding his passion and love for musical theatre in high school, Cheyne would go on to star in productions at Honolulu, Hawaii’s Diamond Head Theatre, “The Broadway of the Pacific.” He has performed in the ensemble of Showboat (2014), alongside John Sloan of Broadway’s The Lion King, South Pacific (2015), alongside Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre, and A Christmas Carol (2016). Taking a hiatus from the stage to help behind the scenes, Cheyne currently serves as the theatre’s part-time House Manager. By day, he teaches high school English and Performing Arts at Damien Memorial School. Before transitioning to BroadwayWorld, he served as a Contributing Editor for Hitting the Stage, Hawaii’s prominent theatre website. In his free time, Cheyne enjoys traveling, having been to France, England, Italy, Greece, Canada, Japan, Thailand, and Morocco. Favorite stage musicals of Cheyne’s include Mamma Mia!, Chicago, The Sound of Music, and The King and I (he asks for continued prayers for friend and Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles).
'Our world needs more love.' Spoken during the after-show 'Talk-Back Sunday' session by Kwame Michael Remy, his statement resounds, especially through the themes and performances in Diamond Head Theatre's (DHT) Kinky Boots. A superb show imbued with stellar lead performances, dazzling choreography, and impressive production elements, this show is certainly one that is a welcome addition to the gamut of DHT masterpieces.BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall August 11, 2019
Rounding out Diamond Head Theatre's 104th season is the always anticipated, larger scale summer production, and this year, is it Matilda, based on the Roald Dahl's beloved children's story. What is destined to become a local crowd-pleaser, the show primarily boasts a fantastic cast but slightly falters in other minor aspects of its ambitious production.BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Diamond Head Theatre March 26, 2019
A 'musical': this canonical term within the world of theatre sets the foundation for-yes, a musical-Something Rotten! Extremely meta-theatrical, self-aware, and imbued with satire, Diamond Head Theatre's (DHT) latest production of the Broadway hit finds itself galvanizing its audience with uproarious laughter due to its talented cast and witty plot and dialogue, in addition to its other praise-worthy features including its choreography, hair and makeup design, costumes, and musical direction.BWW Review: CHICAGO at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre March 5, 2019
Jazzing up central Oahu at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya theatre is the 'junior' production of esteemed Broadway magnate Bob Fosse's Chicago. A glitzy musical filled with deceit, manipulation, and murder, Saint Louis Center for the Arts's production is an enjoyable time at the theatre.BWW Review: NOISES OFF at Diamond Head Theatre January 29, 2019
As it's been practically an annual tradition of mine over the last some six years, I always look forward to Ballet Hawaii's presentation of The Nutcracker, for it truly doesn't feel like Christmas without this heartwarming experience. From the familiar, charming score of renowned Tchaikovsky, to the antediluvian, spellbinding costumes, to the prestigious dancing, this particular ballet remains a formula for ultimate holiday and theatre-going success. The story follows as such: a young girl by the name of Clara attends a Christmas party, wherein she meets many denizens of her community but later receives a largesse in the form of a nutcracker. In her sleep that night, she dreams of a battle that ensues between a life-sized nutcracker and the Rat King, in which, after the battle, the prince leads Clara to watch a gamut of ballet dances. Overall, The Nutcracker is a generally enjoyable spectacle.BWW Review: HOLIDAY INN at Diamond Head Theatre December 11, 2018
Every season, Diamond Head Theatre (DHT)---known as the 'Broadway of the Pacific'---mounts a Christmas-themed production to bring holiday cheer to the patrons of its theatre-going community. Recent years have included the likes of A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, and Little Women; however, this season's particular holiday show, Holiday Inn, based on the 1942 film musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, doesn't just revolve around Christmas: it celebrates nearly all holidays in the annual canon. Ranging from Thanksgiving, to Valentine's Day, to Easter, to even the Fourth of July, and, of course, Christmas, Holiday Inn, finds the perfect amount of cheer and nostalgia that caters to almost everyone's favorite---you guessed it---holiday. Supported by a stellar cast, choreography, costuming, and set, Holiday Inn is surely a musical to check in to.BWW Review: MARY POPPINS JR. at Mamiya Theatre November 6, 2018
Although there's been a lack of tradewinds on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii, a perfect amount of winds---from the east, maybe?---has brought the arrival of Mary Poppins Jr. to the Mamiya Theatre at Chaminade University. Stalwart with a strong cast, vocal abilities, and technical aspects, the sweeping show is practically perfect in every way.BWW Review: THE WOLVES at Kailua Onstage Arts September 12, 2018
A new community theatre gracing the east side of Oahu, Kailua Onstage Arts makes its debut with The Wolves, a 2017 Pulitzer finalist for Drama. The play follows the story of teenage girls, all part of a volatile soccer team, who basically want to win a game and become recognized, not only by college scouts, but each other as well. Themes of loss, liberty, puberty, and sisterhood are all explored, creating a stunning portrait of adolescents all in hopes of understanding themselves and each other, while simultaneously attempting to forge their own paths and futures.BWW Review: NEWSIES at Diamond Head Theatre Carries the Banner August 15, 2018
Every now and then, a show comes along which displays the mass talent of the community's younger generation. Such can be said with the recently closed Newsies in Honolulu, Hawaii's Diamond Head Theatre (DHT), commonly referred to as "The Broadway of the Pacific." While many spectacular features comprise this marvelous musical, what truly stands out is its impressive cast, elevated by its lead performances, choreography, and musical direction.