After the critical and box office success of the breathtaking and lavish Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific in 2012, its Australian tour was extended, playing from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The Lincoln Centre Theatre’s breathtaking production was presented by Opera Australia and the Gordon Frost Organisation. This ground-breaking show with showstoppers like Some Enchanted Evening, Bali Ha’i, There is Nothin’ Like a Dame, was directed by Bartlett Sher, swept the 2008 Tony Awards and has played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years.
Set on a tropical island during World War II, South Pacific 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.
The musical was written by Rodgers & Hammerstein and first performed on Broadway in 1949, based on the Pulitzer-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener. Throughout its 63-year history, the musical production of South Pacific has been performed almost continuously in theatres around the world, including Australia.
"10/10 Best Musical of the year...not to be missed"Sun Herald
"South Pacific is still an enchanted evening for musical lovers"The Daily Telegraph
"Opera Australia's South Pacific is magnificent"Stage Whispers
"Opera Australia's South Pacific is back and it's better than ever"AussieTheatre
"South Pacific is spectacular... it will sweep you off your feet"Courier Mail
"South Pacific is a must-see"The Australian