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South Pacific

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  DATE
Direct Access Theatre Experience
Sat, July 3, 2010

Performance Length

2hrs 55mns
one 15mns intermission

Be Aware

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.

Parents

CTG Show Guide for Parents

Hotel Partner

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

 

Restaurant Partner

Trader Vic's

OVERVIEW

RAVISHING REVIEWS.
A production you don't want to miss!

 

Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times:

"One of the theatrical highlights of the year!"

”’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

Winner of Seven 2008 Tony Awards®
Including Best Musical Revival



Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register:  

"Brash, sexy ’South Pacific’ shines"

”’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:

"This is about as good as it gets"

"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

Rod Gilfry and David Pittsinger

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.

Rod Gilfry | South Pacific | Ahmanson Theatre | Center Theatre Group David Pittsinger | South Pacific | Ahmanson Theatre | Center Theatre Group


View the  KTLA videos:

South Pacific in Downtown LA (5am)
Rod Gilfry of South Pacific performs (6am)
South Pacific to open at the Ahmanson (7am)

 

 

 

CREDITS

Season Sponsors

American Airlines | Bank of America

 

 

The Los Angeles engagement of South Pacific is generously supported in part by Artistic Director's Circle member Martin Massman.

 

Media Sponsor

Los Angeles Magazine

PODCASTS

South Pacific for our times

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.

PHOTOS

PUBLICATIONS

PRESS RELEASES

6/2/2010 South Pacific Program (May 27 through June 20) PDF
5/27/2010 South Pacific Cast Announcement doc
2/25/2010 South Pacific Calendar doc