Thursday May 27, 2010 / 8:00pmSouth Pacific
Rear Orchestra (Rows R-ZZ)
How was your experience?
I have seen South Pacific many times and love the score; I think it is Rodgers and Hammerstein's best. This production was beautifully sung and for the most part beautifully acted. I thought Carmen Cusack as Nellie really owned the show. She was surprising and delightful. Cable was a wooden stick but had a superb voice. His first scene with Bloody Mary and the Seabees was so flat I thought maybe he wasn't feeling well. The show is long and there were many walk outs around me at intermission but that's THEIR problem. Anybody who knows South Pacific knows that it is lengthy. Lately, a lot of my experiences at the Music Center have been spoiled by rude and restless audiences. In spite of announcements before every show, people still insist on texting during performances. It happened again last night with a young woman sitting in front of me. I was about to tap her on the shoulder when the gentleman to my right beat me to the punch - and he was a lot less polite in telling her to turn it off than I would have been! I was deafened by candy wrapper rustling and chugging from water bottles; the woman next to me ate a virtual picnic. She pulled more food out of her purse than Mary Poppins. And then there's the rush for the parking lot before the curtain is down. Last night's cast took their bows to hundreds of backsides hurrying up the aisles to the exits. How does getting to your car one minute earlier make a difference? L.A. audiences really need to learn how to behave.