After the critical and box office success of the lavish Rodgers & Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC in 2012 and 2013, this breathtaking show has now set sail and will arrive in Perth at Crown Theatre on 10 November where it runs until 8 December before heading to Adelaide. This marks Opera Australia’s first season for Perth for 23 years, bringing home a Perth native – Lisa McCune – for its long awaited return!
With a cast of 40, SOUTH PACIFIC features a glorious score, played by the superb Perth Symphony Orchestra and is considered one of the finest musicals ever written, including much-loved songs like “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”.
Australia’s four time Gold Logie award-winning actress Lisa McCune together with celebrated baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes head the stellar cast as Nellie Forebush and Emile de Becque.
The sensational Christine Anu plays the role of Bloody Mary, and award winning performer and multi Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel stars as Luther Billis.
SOUTH PACIFIC directed by Broadway dynamo 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 sell-out London Season was followed by a UK tour, before reaching Australian shores where it became a smash hit. The first Sydney season last winter, became the highest selling show ever performed at the Sydney Opera House. Its return season this winter broke the record again!.
Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. Nellie (Lisa McCune) is an American nurse on a US naval base on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific. Emile (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) is a French plantation owner. They fall in love but as Emile’s colourful past emerges, Nellie loses her nerve. It may be paradise but their world is still full of prejudice and racism.
“Performed brilliantly..as strong a musical as you will see this year.” – Sydney Morning Herald