"South Pacific"
Launches National Tour
At Boston Opera House
September 27 - October 2

The new production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" will launch its national tour at the Boston Opera House, for one week only September 27 – October 2. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" is part of the Lexus Boston Area Dealers Broadway Across America – Boston Series. Tickets are on sale now.

This new production is based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Originally based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Casting for the upcoming production will be announced soon.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples -- U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat -- and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of both war and their own prejudices. Considered to be among America's finest musicals, the show's time-honored score include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

"South Pacific," starring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, originally opened on Broadway in 1949. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950 in addition to ten Tony Awards. A film version followed in 1958 starring Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi. A made for television version was seen in 2001 starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr. The most recent revival opened at Lincoln Center in 2008 starring Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Sazot and Matthew Morrison. A new film version is reportedly being planned for 2013.

For tickets and information, visit the box office at The Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787 or visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Boston.

-- OnStage Boston



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