Monday, June 29, 2009

See South Pacific this Summer

In the hot days of summer what could be better than to see a show set in the tropics of the South Pacific?

South Pacific is considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time. In 1949 a leading theatre critic told the show’s original star Mary Martin after her first performance “Don’t take this show to New York”. To which she replied “WHY?” and was responded with “It’s too good for them”. Well not only did they take it to New York, but it opened to rave reviews, 10 Tony nominations (it won all 10) and ran for over 5 years. It might have been too good for New Yorkers but they sure knew how to embrace it. Now some 50 years later it reopened once again in New York to rave reviews and many awards. With 11 Tony nominations, and 7 wins including Best Revival it once again proves it is one of America’s favorite musicals of all time.
Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples -- US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat -- and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices.
There are many reasons to see this show. It happens to be one of the most beautiful shows visually I have ever seen on Broadway. Most of the show looks just like a postcard from the South Pacific. But another reason is that for a limited time you have the opportunity to see the delightful Laura Osnes. This is Laura’s second Broadway show after winning the role of Sandy in Grease on America’s YOURE THE ONE THAT I WANT. This pretty young engenue stands strong in the shoes of the show’s original Nellie, Kelli O’Hara.
Many great seats are still available for performances this summer. Call Applause to check out prices and seats available.
See this show now!…you don’t want to have to wait 50 more years before it appears on Broadway again.
H. Todd Freeman
Vice President/Operations
Applause Theatre & Entertainment Service, Inc.
311 West 43rd Street, Ste 601 New York, NY 10036

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