It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that the Board has given approval for the major Cape Town G&S production for 2019 which will be the perennial favorite, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”. This enchanting musical has not graced the boards in Cape Town theatres for many years and is sure to be a runaway success. The run is planned for the ArtsCape Opera House for July/August 2019. Exact dates, director, musical director and audition requirements will follow in due course.
For those unfamiliar with the musical, it is set during World War Two in the idyllic setting of the South Pacific islands during the United States and Allied campaign against the Japanese Empire. This multi-award winning piece has all the ingredients for good musical theatre: love, class distinction, handsome sailors, gorgeous girls, war, partying and really, really memorable music.
Amongst the many instantly recognizable numbers are “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair”; “Happy Talk”; “Bali Hai”; “Younger than Springtime”; “There is nothing like a dame”; “I’m in love with a wonderful guy” and the iconic “Some enchanted evening”.
This is a production not to be missed and we are very excited to be able to bring it to Cape Town’s discerning theatre audiences. We really hope you will be as excited as we are and will want to be part of it. (Rumour has it that it involves lots of half pineapples filled with rum cocktails!!)
Incidentally, it is one of only two musical theatre pieces ever to have won a Pulitzer Prize for the writing of the book. No small feat.
In the meantime preparations for “Ruddigore” are at full steam and it promises to be an excellent production. If you have not yet booked please do so rapidly as tickets are going fast. Spread the word also as it is a piece which is rarely done and this is an opportunity not to be missed to see vintage Gilbert and Sullivan, albeit with a slight Cape flavoring!
See you in the theatre and in the South Pacific!
With best wishes,
Anthony Storr Lister