Give Now

South Pacific Docks At The Auditorium: Review

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," ---your own special island of a musical.

planter and nurse socialize

Photo: IU Auditorium

Planter Emile de Beque and nurse Nellie Forbush share a tender moment.

Event Information

South Pacific

music by Rodgers and Hammerstein


IU Auditorium

8 pm March 27-28, 2012

Auditorium Box Office

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific has come to the IU Auditorium done in classic style in a musically and theatrically rich production modeled on the recent Lincoln Center revival.

Jennie Sophia was a pleasure as nurse Nellie Forbush the cock eyed optimistic, corny gal. In songs like “A Wonderful Guy” when she was happy and “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair” when she wasn’t, Sophia showed charm, vulnerability and command. Shane Donovan sang and acted well as the young Marine, Lieutenant Cable. His “My Girl Back Home” and “Younger than Springtime” reflect on his own youth an vulnerability.
Nelly is from Little Rock and Cable is from Philadelphia. Both grew up with plenty of prejudices about us and them. In South Pacific Nelly falls in love with a French planter who has Polynesian children and Cable falls in love with a Polynesian woman. As Cable sings in “You’ve got to be Carefully Taught,” both get painful educations in tolerance.
Marcelo Guzzo was a full voiced Emile de Beque, the lonely planter with the wistful “Some Enchanted Evening,” and the rueful “This Nearly was Mine,” before the happy finale. Cathy Foy-Mahi was the clever and conniving Bloody Mary singing with ardor about the magical “Bali Ha’i” and the cheerful “Happy Talk.”
Christian Marriner was a charmer as the always in trouble, always with an angle Seabee, Luther Billis leading the guys in “There is Nothin’ like a Dame” and later soloing with a grass skirt and coconuts in place as Nelly’s Honey Bun.
Richard Dunn II conducts this very strong and well coached cast of singer- actor-dancers.
South Pacific at the IU Auditorium has its final performance this evening at eight.
At the theatre for you, I’m George Walker.

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media Arts & Music:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search Arts and Music

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media Arts & Music:

Recent Theatre & Dance Stories

Theatre & Dance Events RSS icon

More Events »Submit Your Event »

Arts & Music is on Twitter

Find Us on Facebook