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Rodgers & Hammerstein
South Pacific
(1949)
Fri, Aug 3, 7:30 - 10:30 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949 with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza leading and ran more than 5 years, at 1,925 performances the 5th-longest running show in Broadway history. Produced by Leland Haward and directed by Joshua Logan, the show was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950 and is widely regarded as among the greatest musicals of all time.

The score is stunning, including "Bali Ha'i", "There Is Nothing Like A Dame", "Happy Talk", "A Wonderful Guy", "Younger than Springtime", "Some Enchanted Evening", and "This Nearly Was Mine" most of which have become standards. The book is based on two short stories by James A. Michener from his Tales of the South Pacific, which itself won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948.

While Richard Rodgers' work with Lorenz Hart was within the realm of musical comedy (perhaps the quintessential example being Babes In Arms (1937), which we also offer this festival), his work with Hammerstein fell almost entirely into the category of musical theatre in a far more serious vein, due to the inclinations both of Rodgers and Hammerstein as a team and to the times in which they worked. South Pacific is as solid an example of this as there is--indeed, it almost fits the bill as musical tragedy. In Babes In Arms Rodgers & Hart touched upon the social evil to the extent that 1930s musical comedy could. With South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein took Michener's complex study of human prejudice and failure and created a tale that Michener himself claimed dwarfed his own. It is nothing short of a masterpiece of human ethics at a time and in a milieux when America most sorely needed it and in a form that it could learn from it.

OFAM is proud to present our own new production of South Pacific, starring Shirley Andress, Jeff Pierce, Bill Hulings Patrick Torelle and Maya Thomas directed by Richard Jessup with music direction by OFAM's American Symphonia music director & conductor James Paul.

Event Personnel
Creative Team
Richard H. Jessup, Director, choreographer
James Paul, music director & conductor
Mary Mikkelsen, costum design
Kelly Baum, lighting design
Vicki Brabham, vocal director
Cast
Shirley Andress, Ens. Nellie Forbush
Bill Hulings, Lt. Joseph Cable
Jeff Allen Pierce, Emile de Becque
Patrick Torelle, Luther Billis
Mark Huisenga, Commander Harbison
Female Ensemble
Male Ensemble
Ticket/Venue Info
South Pacific Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
15%  20%  25%  Stud. 
AA48.00  41.00  38.50  36.00  24.00 
A38.00  32.50  30.50  28.50  19.00 
B32.00  27.25  25.75  24.00  16.00 
C26.00  22.25  21.00  19.50  13.00 
Silva Concert Hall
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-5000

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