Unforgettable Musical South Pacific is Now Showing in Oakbrook
• Robert Cuccioli and Samantha Hill take role of Emile
de Becaue, a middle-aged French plantation owner, and Ensign Nellie Forbush,
an American nurse, who was stationed on a South Pacific island during
World War II. The two fall in love, but Forbush struggles to accept his
mixed-race children. Rika Nishikawa plays role of Emile’s daughter.
• Another romance is that U.S. Lieutenant Joseph Cable falls in love with a young indigenous woman but agonizes for the social consequences if he marries her. On the other hand, Cable has a special assignment to drive out the U.S. enemy from neighboring islands, and to accomplish the assignment, Cable needs help from Emile who knows every inches of the area.
• “It’s not every day that a theater is brave enough to go into the complexity of race, patriotism, and loss,” Director Maog said in a release from Drury Lane Theatre. “Our creative team knows both the sweeping enchantment and the realities of this story on many levels. Choreographer Otis Sallid has broken numerous barriers in entertainment, and I wanted his inventiveness, passion, and bravery to infuse the conversations around this groundbreaking musical. We understand the responsibility to the many voices, heard and unheard, in this musical. In our storytelling, we’ll highlight both the romance and some bitter truths,” Maog continued.
• The original musical South Pacific was composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. It was premiered in 1949 on Broadway and became a great hit.
• South Pacific also has been common in Japan. The Japanese
version of South Pacific was first produced in 1966 by Toho, a major movie
company. The first one was played by Toho’s big stars, Tadao Takashima
and Fubuki Koshiji. The second time was played by Toho’s superstar Akira
Takarada and Jun Anna in 1979, and the third time was played by Sakae
Takida and Maki Ichiro.
Musical South Pacific
Robert Cuccioli (L) and Samantha Hill take role of Emile de Becque and Ensign Nellie Forbush.
(Photo: courtesy of Drury Lane Theatre)
A scene from musical South Pacific (Photo: courtesy of Drury Lane Theatre)