Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony-Winning South Pacific at the Kennedy Center
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Featured review from spdavis5
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Lovers of Rodgers and Hammerstein will not want to miss the production of South Pacific now playing at the Kennedy Center. Everything about the production is superb. All the cast is excellent. The real standout is David Pittsinger as the romantic lead, Emil de Becque. His voice is simply magnificent. Carmen Cusack, as nurse Nellie Forbush, sings her numbers with great energy and musicality even if she overdoes the Arkansas accent a bit. And, of course this is South Pacific, one of the masterpieces of American musical theater. Rarely, if ever, will there be a better production. Thanks to Goldstar for making this marvelous evening of theater affordable.
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This is a wonderful production. The actors, especially the male lead, are terrific singers. The dancing was also first rate. But most of all, the lyrics and music of Rogers and Hammerstein attest to their incredible talents and ingenuity. ...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“The best revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein in a generation!” —_The Washington Post _
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Bartlett Sher
There’s a battle on two fronts in South Pacific. Whether it’s World War II raging just over the breakers or the war for hearts beating on shore, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical is explosive in every scene and song.
Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, South Pacific is a window into the excitement and hardships of the 1940s, when happiness was threatened by prejudice as much as the realities of conflict. Directed by 2008 Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, this classic is reinvented by Lincoln Center Theater to be a musical that retains all the fun and weight of the original. With a cast of 34 and an orchestra of 26 members, South Pacific includes popular songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”
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