Directed by Bartlett Sher, this ground-breaking production is based on the Lincoln Center Theater production, first performed in New York on 1 March 2008. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards® and played to sold-out houses on Broadway and the West End for two and a half years. The first Sydney season was presented by Opera Australia and the Gordon Frost Organisation opening at the Sydney Opera House in 2012 and became the highest selling show ever performed at the Sydney Opera House and subsequently went on to Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Return Sydney Seasons.
Set on a tropical island during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. Nellie is an American nurse on a US naval base on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific. Emile is a French plantation owner. They fall in love but as Emile’s colourful past emerges, Nellie loses her nerve. It may be paradise but their world is still full of prejudice and racism. Starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes and four time Gold Logie award-winning actress Lisa McCune as Emile de Beque and Nellie Forbush and featuring Kate Ceberano (later Christine Anu) as Bloody Mary and Eddie Perfect (later Gyton Grantley and then Mitchell Butel) as Luther Billis, South Pacific was heralded as “10/10 BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR” by the SUN HERALD.
Elise McCann played ensign Janet McGregor alongside a cast of 30 and a 26-piece orchestra playing showstoppers like ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’, ‘Bali Ha’i’ and ‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame’.
Music & Me Magazine
“The entire cast were all equally brilliant in their roles, with one of the female ensemble, Elise McCann, in particular who really embodied everything I imagine a woman to be of that era, poised, picture perfect and having the ability to churn out a good dance move or three.”