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SOUTH PACIFIC HAILED AS ONE OF THE FINEST MUSICAL’S EVER WRITTEN STOPS AT THE NEW WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE IN DALLAS

BY: LYNN MARIE

The AT & T Performing Arts Center’s Lexus Broadway Series brings its first Broadway musical ever to the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. This is a limited engagement of the National Tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s prize-winning musical South Pacific.

It was 1949 when the musical first delighted audiences with its enchanting storyline and songs. The musical has an amazing score which includes songs like, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Younger Than Springtime”, “Bali Ha’I, and one of my personal favorites “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.”

The musical delightfully combines adoring romance in the South Seas paradise with the hard realities of a world at war and it’s this setting that makes South Pacific tickets worth every penny. This winner of seven 2008 Tony Awards is set on a tropical island in the Pacific during World War II. Here on this island, Nellie Forbush, a US Navy nurse, falls in love, against her better judgment, with a puzzling French plantation owner, Emile de Becque. The lifestyle of Emile de Becque could not be more different than of Forbush’s Arkansas background.

Lieutenant Joe Cable arrives on the island for a top secret mission that involves spying on the Japanese fleet from behind the enemy line. Here he befriends a Tonkinese trader, Bloody Mary. He soon falls in love with her beautiful young daughter, Liat.

South Pacific revolves around these two couples – Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque and Lieutenant Joe Cable and Liat. Their happiness is endangered by the realities of the war and also by their own prejudices. There are dozens of other locals and navy personnel in the cast and they all break into magnificent song and dance just at the right instant. These song and dance routines will keep you awestruck throughout the musical.

The lavish new production features a cast of 34, musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Scott Lehrer and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra of 26 members – the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production – performs the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.

Tickets can be purchased at www.attpac.org/southpacific, or by phone at (214) 880-0202. Ticket prices range from $30.00 to $98.00. The musical runs through January 3, 2010.

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