Running since March 2008 A revival of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical plays the main hall at Lincoln Center Theater. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Closes August 22nd.
The Broadway production of South Pacific closed August 22, 2010. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
The original stars of this production, Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot, will return on August 10th and play the final 2 weeks of the run.
This is one of the gold-standard Broadway musicals of the last century in its first Broadway revival, staged by one of the city's leading art theatres, winning rave reviews in the tri-state press - an excellent purchase for those looking for the classic Broadway experience. The anguished goings-on and rapturous arias would certainly bore the tykes, but for adults looking for a lavish staging of a classic show, this is a great choice.
Plot: Deep in the Pacific theater of WWII, a nurse falls for a local planter, but recoils when she discovers that he had once been married to an island native. A serviceman is faced with a similar decision when mulling happiness with an innocent 'Tonkinese' girl.
Here's a video montage from the production (no singing for some reason, but the images are stunning and you can probably sing along as you watch anyway):
2008 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Paulo Szot). 2008 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of Musical, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Paulo Szot). 2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Paulo Szot), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Danny Burstein).
...as heartfelt as it is visually spectacular, as seriously musical as it is grand entertainment.
What makes this Lincoln Center Theater revival of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic enormously satisfying is the extraordinary care given to the score of what is the most hit-filled show in the R&H canon.
It may be hard to get into "South Pacific" in the way you would a more cohesive musical, but the numbers are so entertaining, the show becomes a nostalgic treat. You can see what audiences of nearly 60 years ago were so wild about.
New York Daily News
What makes this impeccably acted and designed production so extraordinary is (the) meticulous and dramatic direction.
New York Magazine
There's a lot to admire in (this) revival, if not as much as the hosannas might lead you to believe.
New York Post
This is a great staging of a great show, not least for its portrait (now too sadly apt) of young America at war.
New York Times
...this "South Pacific" recreates the unabashed, unquestioning romance that American theatergoers had with the American book musical in the mid-20th century, before the genre got all self-conscious about itself. There's not an ounce of we-know-better-now irony in (the) staging. Yet the show feels too vital to be a museum piece, too sensually fluid to be square.
Obviously Lincoln Center Theater spared no expense or pains in mounting "South Pacific," and the result is stunning.
The Journal News
It just seems a shame that this classic show, so lumberingly directed, just never takes off.
...this South Pacific doesn't just float; it soars.
...plumps for the work's seriousness, approaching it with quiet realism-almost cautiously, as if its romance might prove too fragile for our cynical time... at times (the production) seems too sedate.