Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal for SOUTH PACIFIC in Concert
Manila, Philippines--Part of Resorts World Manila's (RWM) 6th anniversary celebration, the casino resort, in cooperation with Ultimate Shows Inc. and Redstone Production, stages Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC in concert, which was first presented at Carnegie Hall in June 2005, featuring David Ives' revised book based on Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan's original book.
Directed by Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, SOUTH PACIFIC in concert, which stars Joanna Ampil (Nellie Forbush), Jon Meer Vera Perez (Emile de Becque), Mark Bautista (Lt. Joseph Cable), Ima Castro (Bloody Mary), Ana Andres (Liat), Michael Williams, Hans Eckstein, Cara Barredo, Caisa Borromeo, Giannina Ocampo, Kakki Teodoro, Red Nuestro, Red Concepcion, and Raymund Concepcion, plays Newport Performing Arts Theatre (3rd Flr. Newport Mall, Newport City, Pasay City) on two consecutive Saturdays, September 12 and 19, 2015, at 8 p.m.
The cast will be accompanied by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Rodel Colmenar.
"Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie (Ampil), a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile (Vera Perez). Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage.
"Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable (Bautista) denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl Liat (Andres) with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices," says its synopsis.
SOUTH PACIFIC, Rodgers and Hammerstein's second-longest running show on Broadway, was based on James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." It originally starred Mary Martin as Nellie and Ezio Pinza as Emile on Broadway in 1949. It won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
For tickets (P1,800-5,800), call (632)891-9999 or visit ticketworld.com.ph.