South Pacific - Kilworth House Theatre - Until July 13.
This epic award-winning musical follows a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II and the two parallel love stories that are threatened by the dangers of war and prejudice.
Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls in love with a middle-aged French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, whilst Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in a passionate affair with a young Tonkinese woman, Liat. As the war against Japan escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, and, when Emile agrees to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission to a neighbouring Island, the consequences mean that all four lives will never be the same again!
The songs from this popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical include most memorable standards such as ‘Bali Ha’i’, ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘There is Nothing Like a Dame’, ‘Happy Talk’, and ‘I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy’.
Mark Inscoe and Celia Graham are vocally commanding in the leading roles of Emile De Beque and Nellie Forbush. Special mention too for Wendy Mae Brown’s charismatic portrayal of Bloody Mary.
An absolute delight.
Review by Amanda Chalmers.