Center Theatre Group - L.A.'s Theatre Company
May 27 to July 17, 2010
Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center downtown Los Angeles
135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Directions and Parking
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a recently restored 70mm print of South Pacific (1958)
Friday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Project DATEDirect Access Theatre ExperienceSat, July 3, 2010
2hrs 55mnsone 15mns intermission
Recommended for ages 10+ (parental discretion advised)Mature themes including race, adult relationships, class and suggestive humour. This show contains strobe lights, fog and haze, brief nudity, and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical about race, class and love during wartime; mature themes.
Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.
CTG Show Guide for Parents
Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times:
”’South Pacific’ has a way of making grown men cry. Kenneth Tynan started his 1951 review of the musical’s London premiere with the confession, ’I wept, and there is nothing in criticism harder than to convey one’s gratitude for that.’ More enduring than the show’s message is the rapturous score. The lush fullness of the orchestra weaves a spell that from the very first note begins to dismantle our emotional defenses. If ’Some Enchanted Evening’ doesn’t make your eyes mist, please consult your doctor, as this may be a sign of a serious medical condition.” More online
Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register:
”’South Pacific’ is a treasure for the ages. The cast’s superlative singing is only the icing on the cake - one of many elements that make this one of the most assured and effective R and H revivals in years.” More online.
Jay Reiner, Hollywood Reporter:
"In America, the age of ’cockeyed optimism’ might be long gone, but onstage it lives again in the person of Ensign Nellie Forbush and the buoyant drama and matchless music of "South Pacific." The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is so exhilarating, why settle for optimism when you can have a little piece of heaven in the bargain? So, which is better - the songs or the storytelling? Let’s call it a tie. A perfect tie." More Online.
Set on a tropical island during World War II, South Pacific 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 war and by their own prejudices.
Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such musical theatre classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine’” and “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame.”
For additional information, please visit www.SouthPacificOnTour.com
Feature article from the LA Times, Sunday, May 30
Some enchanted evenings call for two strangers. Rod Gilfry [performing through June 20] and David Pittsinger [performing June 22 through July 17], baritones from the world of opera, will tag-team the role of dashing Emile de Becque in the revival of South Pacific that opens this week at the Ahmanson Theatre.
The blond, buff Gilfry and the tall, intense Pittsinger may be unfamiliar to musical theater audiences, but they are big names on the international opera circuit. Los Angeles Opera General Director Plácido Domingo, who has worked with both men, says Gilfry and Pittsinger embody the best of contemporary opera, offering "superb vocalism and dramatic insights matched with the right looks for the roles they perform." More online at LATimes.com.
South Pacific in Downtown LA (5am)Rod Gilfry of South Pacific performs (6am)South Pacific to open at the Ahmanson (7am)
The Los Angeles engagement of South Pacific is generously supported in part by Artistic Director's Circle member Martin Massman.
San Francisco KQED’s Michael Krasny interviews Bartlett Sher, Tony Award winning director of South Pacific. The hour long interview features musical clips from the production and why the themes in the classic are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.