Project Description

South Pacific: In Concert

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by JAMES A. MICHENER
Adapted by DAVID IVES
Directed by JULIANNE BOYD

AUGUST 21–23
Pittsfield Outdoor Venue TBD

Set on an idyllic South Pacific island during World War II, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, intertwines the themes of romance, duty and prejudice to create a story that is at once hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking. South Pacific features an extraordinary score — including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i.” The concert adaptation, a preview of next summer’s full Mainstage production, will feature a full cast and a live orchestra.

Sponsored in part by The Feigenbaum Foundation
Additional sponsorship provided by Dr. William and Jo Ann Hajjar & Carol and Al Maynard
Sponsorship of first responders’ tickets: Greylock Federal Credit Union
Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing.

Performance Dates/Times

Friday, August 21 — 5:00PM

Saturday, August 22 — 5:00PM

Sunday, August 23 — 3:00PM

This epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors, seabees and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French expatriate and plantation owner. Lt. Joe Cable, a Marine, finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. Luther Billis, a lovable and crafty seabee, provides much hilarity as he peddles grass skirts, shrunken heads and more, vying with Bloody Mary to corner the market. As the war against Japan escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, who struggle to reconcile their unconventional love affairs with their long-held prejudices and insecurities. South Pacific — then and now — confronts the social changes and tensions sweeping America.