January 29 - February 21, 2010
There are very few Broadway musicals that can be considered as intimidating and challenging to produce as South Pacific. Since the original premier in 1949 it has not been revived on Broadway until Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award-winning production nearly sixty years later. There is an inherent element of trepidation associated with productions of South Pacific stemming from the rather touchy subject matter of the war and the racism prevalent at the time and in the show. It takes a very alert and trust-worthy director to bring this show to life for a modern audience and Sher does not disappoint.
Another challenge with this particular tour is the extremely high expectations regarding the quality of the show. After Sher’s production premiered in 2008 (garnering 11 Tony nominations and 7 wins including Best Revival and Best Direction) there has been nothing short of fanatic desire to see this production across the country. Fortunately for the country, we don’t have to fly to
Whereas productions across
Carmen Cusack (Ensign Nellie Forbush), Rod Gilfry (Emile de Becque), Keala Settle (Bloody Mary), Matthew Saldivar (Luther Billis) and Anderson Davis (Lt. Joseph Cable) lead this extremely ensemble-driven show magnificently. The chemistry between Cusack and Gilfry from the moment the curtain rises is undeniably palpable. Every moment of the show tastes of their relationship whether or not either or both are on stage at that moment. Their honesty and openness absolutely shine. Similarly, Saldivar and Davis carry their amazingly challenging roles with grace and power. Saldivar’s candor and humanity on stage is an absolute treat to watch and
A special spotlight goes out to the stage management team (Brian J. L’ecuyer, Production Stage Manager, and Kelly Marie Furlough and Michael Krug, Stage Managers) for shattering my theory of timing for shows. On average shows in
Tickets are nearly sold-out, so follow the link above, and get your seats booked now for the first tour of the first Broadway revival of South Pacific because it really does make any night a very enchanted evening.
Review by Andrew J. Perez