This superb production is a reminder that great music never ages and there’s nothing as dramatic as love in a theatre of war.
South Pacific is also blessed with a terrific, romantic, funny and thought provoking script but you just can’t go past the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Stirring songs like Bali Ha’i, Some Enchanted Evening and This Nearly Was Mine are matched by the raucous numbers like Bloody Mary, Nothing Like A Dame and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, it’s a Pacific hit parade.
Director Bartlett Sher has managed to keep the romance, the ennui, the soul searching, the self-deprecation and the sacrifice in the right balance.
Stephen Gray conducts the excellent Adelaide Art Orchestra through the stunning score and the cast is practically perfect.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes is a colossus as Emile De Becque in this energetic production; his volcanic voice and piercing stage presence dominate the stage.
Lisa McCune makes a fine Nellie Forbush, the navy nurse from Little Rock, who is forced to re-examine her life and her heart when confronted by the reality of life in the isolated South Pacific.
There’s hard-sell support from Christine Anu as the ballsy Bloody Mary and Mitchell Butel as the merchant Seabee Luther Billis.
Blake Bowden is a standout as Lieutenant Cable with Younger Than Springtime and Bartholomew John stomps around superbly as crusty Captain Brackett.
The ensemble work with frenetic choreography by Christopher Gattelli is another highlight, and this is a show all Adelaide should enjoy! The Lisa McCune represents strong initiative from beginning of her career.