Opera Australia's SOUTH PACIFIC Filmed for DVD Release!
According to AussieTheatre.com.au, Opera Australia's production of South Pacific, starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lisa McCune, was filmed today, Sept 5, for DVD release.
"We are making history here today," said Alex Budd, general manager of opera enterprises, to the audience after setting up the cameras this afternoon.
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After being seen on Broadway and the West End, this is the first time the Rodgers and Hammerstein organization and Oscar Hammerstein's grandson have approved filming of South Pacific for release on DVD. An official release date has not been set.
The Lincoln Center Theater 2008 revival of Rogers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC also stars Eddie Perfect and Kate Ceberano. The show will continue its Australian tour at Melbourne's Princess Theatre from September 13, 2012.
Acclaimed opera star Rhodes and Gold Logie Award-winning actress McCune head the cast as Emile de Beque and Nellie Forbush, joined by Ceberano as Bloody Mary and Perfect as Luther Billis.
The Broadway show, directed by Bartlett Sher (who won the 2008 Tony and Drama Desk awards for South Pacific) swept the 2008 Tony Awards and played to sold-out houses in New York for more than two years before commencing its ongoing U.S. tour. A sellout London Season and UK tour followed. The Australian season of SOUTH PACIFIC marks the coming together of Australia’s largest performing arts company, Opera Australia, with Australia’s largest commercial theatre producer, John Frost.
Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "There is Nothin’ Like a Dame." With a cast of 40 and a live orchestra, the production will play Sydney Opera House for four weeks, and then Melbourne’s Princess Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week season.
For more about SOUTH PACIFIC's Australian tour, visit www.southpacificmusical.com.au.