Musical SOUTH PACIFIC heads to Brisbane December 2012.
The first Lincoln Center Theater production to ever tour Australia, the breathtaking and lavish Rodgers & Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC will play at Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 27 December 2012. Acclaimed opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Australia’s best loved and four time Gold Logie award-winning actress Lisa McCune and Australian musical theatre star Daniel Koek head the stellar cast as Emile de Becque, Nellie Forbush and Lieutenant Joseph Cable.
This ground-breaking Broadway show, directed by Bartlett Sher, swept the 2008 Tony Awards and played to sold-out houses in New York for two and a half years before commencing a tour of the USA that continues today. A sellout London Season and UK tour followed and now this multi- award winning production comes to Australia.
LISA MCCUNELisa McCune is one of Australia’s most popular and successful screen and theatre actors, earning an impressive collection of awards celebrating her performances, including four Gold Logies for Most Popular Personality on Australian television.
TEDDy TAHU RHODES
Following in the tradition of an opera star performing the role of Emile de Becque (the great Ezio Pinza was the first to sing it on Broadway) Opera Australia are delighted to announce that audience favourite, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, will premiere in the production as the handsome French plantation owner.
DANIEL KOEKHot on the heels of its London premiere and extensive UK tour Daniel is thrilled to be making his Australian debut, reprising the role of Lt Cable in this award winning production of South Pacific.Producers
OPERA AUSTRALIAOpera Australia is the largest performing arts company in Australia, and is led by its Chief Executive, Adrian Collette AM , and Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini. Before joining Opera Australia, Adrian had a career as a professional singer and also gained significant commercial experience leading one of Australia’s major publishing companies. Lyndon had a successful career as an opera singer both in Australia and internationally. Most recently, he was Artistic Director of the Brisbane Festival before re-joining Opera Australia in 2009 as its Artistic Director.
John Frost is Australia’s most prolific theatrical producer. Successful productions include Big River; Grease!; SOUTH PACIFIC; Hello Dolly!; Secret Garden; Crazy for You; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Art with Tom Conti; The Sound of Music; Annie; Lady Windermere’s Fan starring vanessa Redgrave at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London; Peter Hall’s An Ideal Husband with Googie Withers and John McCallum; The Producers; The King and I, (Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival) and Hairspray on Broadway (Tony Award® for Best Musical).He has co-produced the recent Australian tour of The Phantom of the Opera and the Broadway season of Exit the King starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. In 2010 John produced the Australian tours of Chicago, Fame and Calendar Girls. He co-produced Doctor Zhivago the Musical and Wicked in Australia, as well as Priscilla: Queen of the Desert on the West End. Also in London, John produced Julie Andrews in the concert event Gift of Music at the O2 Arena.John is currently producing the Australian tour of Annie starring Anthony Warlow and Nancye Hayes and is co-producing the Asian tour of Wicked. In 2012 he is co-producing the World Premiere of the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman as well as the Australian Premiere of Legally Blonde. Other future productions include the new musical Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Story.In the 1999 Australia Day Honours, John was awarded an OAM for his contribution to the Arts.
Bartlett Sher is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater in New York where his production of SOUTH PACIFIC premiered in 2008, winning him the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director of a Musical and also the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York. The landmark production, the musical’s first Broadway revival, won a total of seven Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.Mr. Sher’s other credits for Lincoln Center Theater include JT Rogers’ Blood and Gifts, the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical Women on the verge of A Nervous Breakdown, August Wilson’s
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award nomination), Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination) and the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical The Light in the Plaza (Tony nomination). Next season, for Lincoln Center Theater, he will direct a new production of the Odets classic Golden Boy on Broadway.
BRISBANEPERFORMANCE INFORMATIONEVENINGS at 7.30pmPREvIEWS: December 27, 28, 29 OPENING NIGHT: January 2
January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15,16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,29, 30, 31 February 1, 2MATINEES: Wednesdays & Saturdays at 1.30pmDecember 29
January 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 February 2
BOOKINGSTickets from $79.90QPAC136 246 www.qpac.com.au
MATINEES: Sundays at 3pm (except Sunday 30 December & Sunday 6 January at 1pm & 6pm)December 30
January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3