Buddy's Dad’s Event Journal

Southpacific 110609
Sunday May 30, 2010 / 6:30pm
South Pacific
1 ticket
Rear Orchestra (Rows R-ZZ)

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I saw this production of South Pacific in New York at the Lincoln Center. It was spectacular and majestic. The show had to be scaled down for the tour since the stage at Lincoln Center is huge. The main thing missing now is the two jeeps that drove around the stage and the orchestra being revealed in the overture. The touring production is outstanding. The cast all bring their own take to the roles and make a huge impact. ROD GILFRY, tall and strong brings his incredible operatic voice to Emile. CARMEN CUSACK is not your average Nellie- older, quirkier and ultimately much more interesting. A stunning singer (she starred in Wicked for two years)she brights South Pacific a wonderful center. ANDERSON DAVIS is a star on the rise as Cable. With the face of a model and the body of a Greek statue, he brings so much more to the role. His incredible voice soars and his acting brings so much to the role. He is going to be in big demand after this. Just six years ago KEALA SETTLE toured as Tracy in Hairspray. From daughter to mother- she pulls it off. MATTHEW SALDIVAR also is a different Billis than I am used to seeing. Younger and physically strong he brings an urban twist that makes the roll his own. The ensemble is wonderfully talented. Director BARTLETT SHER is a national treasure. He has taken an old classic but made it as fresh and real as it was just written today.

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