Classic tunes filled the Lutcher in “South Pacific”
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Classic Broadway Show, “South Pacific” graced the stage of the Lutcher Theater Sunday with two performances.
I had forgotten how many of the great classical tunes came out of this production: “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Ha’i” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” to name a few.
There were some really outstanding performances. My favorites’ were Cathy Foy-Mahi as Bloody Mary, Christian Marriner as Luther Billis and Shane Donovan at Lt. Joseph Cable. They were believable and their performances felt very honest. The entire ensemble cast was excellent.
The only problem I had with the show was Katie Reid’s and Marcelo Guzzo’s accents. Reid played one of the main characters, Ensign Nellie Forbush. She has a beautiful singing voice, but you can’t fake a southern accent in the south. It was too forced and she spoke too fast for a southerner. The same went for the French accent of Guzzo who played Forbush’s love interest Emile. It was a too forced and didn’t feel natural. Other than that, it was a fabulous show. I was glad I got see it.
Frequently, I buy a tee-shirt at shows as a souvenir. They had several very cute shirts at the booth, yet there wasn’t a line of eager buyers at intermission. I found that odd, even in today’s economy; until I returned to the auditorium. Looking around, I realized there were very few members of the audience under the age of 50. I don’t know if that make-up was because South Pacific was from so long ago that it has generational appeal or maybe because of the economy. Younger patrons may not be able to afford tickets, which would be a luxury item in their budgets. I don’t know. All I know is the love of musicals usually has no age.
I love musicals and the Lutcher has had some great ones so far this season, with several to go.
Next week, on Dec. 2, “In the Heights” takes the stage with a Latin beat and celebration of the American Dream.
The Lutcher will also kick off 2012 with “Fiddler on the Roof” on Jan. 12-13. Jim Clark, managing director of the theater says they try to bring back “Fiddler” every couple of years because of its popularity.
Professor Higgins and Liza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” come to the Lutcher on Feb. 29.
It’s a great season for the musical lover.
“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” tickets would be a great holiday gift because it takes the stage Dec. 29. Giving tickets to any of the remaining shows would be a great way to keep money in the local economy and support the arts; two bangs for your buck. Depending on the show and seat location, tickets can run from $20-$70. Students usually get a $5 discount. Don’t forget their amazing children’s programs; tickets are only $3.50. (Can you say stocking stuffer?)
To check out the rest of the Lutcher Theater’s season, go to Lutcher.org or call the box office at 409-886-5535, 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.