South Pacific comes to ASU's Gammage Auditorium

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- This breathtaking new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" is based on the 2008 Tony® Award Lincoln Center Theater production directed by Bartlett Sher.

"South Pacific" is set on a tropical island during World War II. This epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French expatriate and plantation owner, and Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler.

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.

The production includes popular songs, “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”

I went backstage to chat with some of the performers. I not only got an up-close look at their incredible costumes, I even got a tattoo! (Don't worry, Boss. It'll wear off in a day or two.)

You can catch "South Pacific" at Gammage through Jan. 15. This musical is recommended for audiences age 8 and up.  The production is three hours long, including intermission. 

For tickets or more information, visit or call 480-965-3434.