Monday, May 18, 2009

South Pacific at Lincoln Center- a 2009 Review

Still a tough ticket on weekends, South Pacific remains a real crowd pleasing entertainment event on Broadway.

There's nothing like old-fashioned Broadway theater is there? Last year I got to see one of the finest Broadway Shows in my life, a wonderful little show called South Pacific. South Pacific is the first revival of a 50 year old Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The show plays the very warm and intimate Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City's Lincoln Center 6 days a week. The show won 7 Tony Awards in 2008 and was Applause Theater Service's best selling show for nearly an entire year.

Having some of the finest music ever written including "Nothing Like A Dame", "A Wonderful Guy", "Younger Than Springtime", "Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" and several others, this Bartlett Sher directed musical with two-time Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot is possibly one of the greatest revivals ever in the history of Broadway theater. The two stars are one of the truly amazing Broadway stage couples ever to watch in a live performance.

South Pacific tells the story of Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist James A. Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific" and the issue of racism. Set on a South Pacific island during World War II we witness a young Navy nurse (called Nellie Forbush) from the mid-west who becomes romantically involved with a French plantation owner (called Emile de Becque) despite the dangerous surroundings of the time. At the same time, a U.S. marine (Lt. Cable) travels to the island (called Bali Ha'i), is introduced to a young Tonkinese girl (Liat) by the girl's mother (called Bloody Mary), and they fall in love. Even though Nellie and Emile have become engaged, when she learns that Emile has dark-skinned Polynesian children, it seems that her inner-most prejudices start to appear. A similar feeling starts to come out from Lt. Cable and he is worried that his friends and family will feel the same way about his marrying a dark-skinned woman. Although Nellie and Lt. Cable feel very badly about their racist feelings they look deep within themselves and realize it is the way things are in life during these times. Both marriages are called off.

Being quite saddened by Nellie rejecting his marriage proposal, Emile goes with Lt. Cable on a dangerous spy mission over Japan. The ensuing mission results in a surprise ending so be sure to get yourself some tickets to see this superb piece of Broadway theater. You'll be so happy you did for sure.

If you'd like assistance obtaining great seats to South Pacific, just give a call to Applause Theater Service in New York City. Applause is a New York State licensed ticket agency for South Pacific and all the Broadway shows.

And if you need some great restaurant suggestions, check out Restaurant Row one of my favorite group of dining spots in the theater district to grab a terrific meal before the shows.

When you call for tickets, tell them The Broadway Ticket Man sent you.
Rich Gladstone
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