The timeless musical SOUTH PACIFIC to feature a stellar Australian line-up:
Lisa McCune, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Eddie Perfect and Kate Ceberano.
The first Lincoln Center Theater production to ever tour Australia, the breathtaking and lavish Rodgers & Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC will play at Sydney Opera House from 8 August followed by Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from 13 September 2012. Acclaimed opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Australia’s best loved and four time Gold Logie award-winning actress Lisa McCune head the stellar cast as Emile de Beque and Nellie Forbush. They are joined by Kate Ceberano as Bloody Mary and Eddie Perfect in the role of Luther Billis.
This ground-breaking Broadway show, directed by Bartlett Sher, swept the 2008 Tony Awards and played to sold-out houses in New York for two and a half years before commencing a tour of the USA that continues today. A sellout London Season and UK tour followed and now this multiaward winning production comes to Australia.
“South Pacific is one of those rare musicals that were written immediately following actual events”, says director Barlett Sher. “It was written in 1949, as a response to the war. It’s almost like a national memory, an expression of survival, and for this reason it is a profoundly resonant show.”
“South Pacific is full of romantic and uplifting show-stoppers, but it also confronts the issues of mixed-race marriage, prejudice and tolerance,” says Opera Australia artistic director Lyndon Terracini. “South Pacific is a work which resonates with modern Australia in many ways. It is about our issues and our part of the world.”
The Australia season of SOUTH PACIFIC marks the coming together of Australia’s largest performing arts company, Opera Australia, with Australia’s largest commercial theatre producer, John Frost. The new partnership plans to present some of the finest works of the music theatre repertoire in forthcoming years and is delighted to be commencing with SOUTH PACIFIC.
“I am so thrilled to be co-presenting this stunning production of South Pacific with Opera Australia. One of my favourite Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, I first produced South Pacific in 1994 to great acclaim. This new production from the Lincoln Center Theater is really something quite extraordinary. Along with the fantastic cast we’ve assembled, I know this production will win over Australian audiences, just as it has done in New York and London”, says John Frost
Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. With a cast of 40 and a live orchestra, this international hit and landmark production will play Sydney Opera House for 4 weeks, and then Melbourne’s Princess Theatre for a strictly limited 10 week season.
Director Bartlett Sher, winner of the 2008 Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for South Pacific has been described by NY Times as “one of the most original and exciting directors not only in American theatre but also in the international world of opera.”