The Lincoln Centre Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous musical “South Pacific” has returned to the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited second season and is sure to be as popular or even more so, as it was last year, playing to sell out crowds.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes is again starring as French Planter, Emile De Becque and Lisa McCune is also returning in her role as US Navy Nurse, Nellie Forbush.  Known to most for her TV work, Ms McCune charms the audience with her singing, especially with her performance of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”

The 34 piece orchestra makes Rodgers & Hammerstein’s well loved music and lyrics come alive.  The fact that I knew every tune and all the words made the production even more enjoyable.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ deep voice singing “Some Enchanted Evening” sets the mood as the story, involving the lives and loves of the US Navy sailors and nurses based in the Pacific during World War II, unfolds.

Gyton Grantley is also well known to audiences for his TV roles, especially as Carl Williams in Underbelly. As Luther Billis, he has one of the show highlights, singing “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame” along with the Seabees.

Blake Bowden, the winner of the 2011 Rob Guest Endowment Award, provides another magic moment for the audience when, as Lieutenant Cable, he sings “Younger Than Springtime”.

This is the first Rodgers & Hammerstein production that Opera Australia has presented and after enjoying this one so much, I hope OA will bring Australian audiences more from this incredible American duo.

Sandra Tiltman 


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