Recently, on Broadway, the world-famous musical “South Pacific” wowed audiences arriving at the Lincoln Center in New York. The tale of couples stationed in the south pacific during the Second World War has found countless fans from all corners of the world and now the latest generation of West End theatregoers are going to get a look-in. This is because the Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” is set to run at the Barbican Theatre in 2011 and once London theatre audiences have witness the show it is set to appear on regional stages for a nationwide tour.
“South Pacific” tells the story of couples stationed far away from home as the Second World War rages on in the Pacific. It is in this location that the realities of war begin to take their toll on the lives of those caught up in the conflict and ultimately we focus on two couples whose relationships are strained. Amongst them is a nurse – Nellie Forbush – who falls for a French plantation owner on a small island and whilst their dramas rise to the surface the other inhabitants decide to put on a musical extravaganza. In the generations since the musical was first penned in 1949 it has delighted audiences with songs such as “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening”, among others.
And with the show making its way across the Atlantic producers will clearly be hoping for it to match its success State-side and with this in mind the production features the same director in London – Bertlett Sher. The acclaimed American director has been behind a host of shows over the years, from “Cymbeline” and “Pericles” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” at the Lincoln Center.
But “South Pacific” isn’t the only Broadway transfer in 2011 and there are plenty of other west end shows opening their doors this year, having already found fans on the other side of the Atlantic, from “Million Dollar Quartet” to the anticipated arrival of “Shrek The Musical”. It demonstrates the huge role that both the West End and Broadway play in the world of musical theatre.
South Pacific is at the Barbican Theatre from Friday 12th August 2011 to Saturday 1st October 2011. The National tour is then set to follow.
|Booking From:||Monday, 15th August 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 1st October 2011|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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