Austin is in for a rare treat this November! The breathtaking musical based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s new production, “South Pacific”, and it’s here for a six day run! Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells a complicated story of two romantic couples and how their happiness is threatened and strained by the war going on around them and by others’ and their own prejudices.
I witnessed this heartfelt musical for myself and I was astonished at the moving music, beautiful singing, high energy and the deep meanings that are still interwoven into our society today. The stage was set to mimic the tropical islands of the South Pacific complete with the ocean in the background and perfect lighting as though the sun was actually setting over the water. Tall palm trees cower over the set and the 3D effect of the props made me feel as though I was really there.
The story focuses on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Nellie Forbush, a naive, young woman from Arkansas quickly falls in love with the older, French expatriate, Emile de Becque and the two face challenges including race prejudices and Nellie’s mother’s perceptions of their love affair. The handsome, Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in an intense relationship with Liat, the daughter of the crazy grass-skirt peddler on the island. As the war continues, the two couples struggle to preserve their unconventional relationships and to work through their own provincialism and insecurities. See how true love really does conquer all when we really focus on what’s important.
Be ready to laugh, cry and to be transported to a far away place in the tropics surrounded by strong emotions that are still being felt in us all, even in this day in time.
This is the perfect opportunity for first-time musical attendees or for the seasoned veterans. Buy your tickets today and create the perfect date night for you and yours.
WHEN: November 8th-13th at 8 p.m. 3 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission
Bass Concert Hall
2300 Robert Dedman
Austin, Texas 78712
TICKETS: Starting at $25 depending on availability and seating. Click here to purchase tickets from the Texas Performing Arts website.