South Pacific

Posted on 18th Aug 2012 by ian under Weekend What's On | No Comments »

The Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific will be at the Sydney Opera House until September 9 and then at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre for ten weeks from September 13 (until November 4).

South Pacific stars Lisa McCune as Nellie, Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Emile, Kate Ceberano as Bloody Mary and Eddie Perfect as Billis.

The reviews have been sensational and you can relive the romance as the 25-piece orchestra plays 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’.

The show runs about three hours with one 20 minute interval.

Kate Ceberano’s character, Bloody Mary, is based on the legendary Aggie Grey and Opera Australia has linked in with Samoa Tourism to offer a prize holiday to Samoa, staying at Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows.  Details here – http://secure.opera.net.au/southpacific/

Your humble scribe was once shouted the famous Aggie Grey’s cocktail by Aggie Grey Jnr (‘Bloody Mary’s granddaughter) – the ingredients are a secret, but there are about a dozen spirits in it. According to legend, the original cocktail came from when Aggie Snr was pregnant and working the bar.  She went into labour, nipped into the storeroom, gave birth and came back to announce that drinks were on her.  The patrons almost drank the bar dry and to make one last drink, Aggie collected all the bottles with some alcohol left and mixed up a lethal but very palatable potion.

Wheelchair access at the Princess Theatre is available via a small ramp that management makes available two hours before performances. Limited aisle seating is available, but it does allow patrons to sit with their companions. An accessible unisex toilet is available in the lower foyer.