Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: Tony-Winning Production at the Ahmanson
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The last date listed for South Pacific was Thursday July 15, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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As we were lucky enough to see this show at Lincoln Center last summer, I just had to take my girls and their Grandpa as well to this show. Although the stage is half of the size of the one in NY, I must say that the show shines brightly. The three lead characters have spectacular voices and Rodgers & Hammerstein would be ever so pleased to have their masterpiece displayed with such verve and splendor. In a theater world where spectacle has replaced substance, shows like this demonstrate that the theater is still a place where the mind and the heart can still be stirred by great lyrics and songs. As usual goldstar came through with great seats, and all in all it was a most enjoyable afternoon. If you haven't seen this show, I can't think of a better way to be introduced to one of the great shows from the 1950's. There's a reason why they "revived" this one-it still has alot to say and offer to its audience.
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I don't consider myself a musical theater fan, but had always loved this particular soundtrack ... and this show was exceptional. The voices, the performances, the staging, the direction and the sets are all wonderful, and the multicultural mix...continued
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific swept the 2008 Tony Awards®, winning seven honors including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. This breathtaking new production is still selling-out at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway.
Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples — US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat — and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices.
Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.”
The lavish new production features musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony Award®) and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.