Celebrating it’s 55th anniversary this year, the classic Broadway musical “South Pacific” with it’s timeless story of romance in the midst of intolerance, is wowing audiences again at the Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido until March 17. Set on a tropical pacific island during world war 2, this timeless drama unfolds song by song like a mystery, as we get to know our characters, and the skeletons from the their past.
Randall Dodge, plays a French plantation owner with a knack for murder. He embodies his character, Emile Debeque, adding his own powerful baritone interpretation to South Pacific favorite “Once you have found her, never let her go.”
Emile soon falls for Nellie, a nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas played by Hannah James. As Nellie slowly discovers Emile’s haunting past of a previous marriage, a murdered wife, and … children of another ethnicity, her fairy tale love for him grows cold, and their bond begins to wither and break, no thanks to her stubborn, unwaveringly ignorant mother.
Also, keep an ear out for Benjamin Lopez’ rendition of “Younger Than Springtime” and his pristine tenor performance of the piece.
South Pacific, one of Broadway’s greatest musicals, was penned in the late 1940s, in the wake of World War II, and the return of tens of thousands of American soldiers stationed overseas. After 55 years, the emotional lessons entwined in this story still stand strong and leave the audience with just as much accountability as the original.
South Pacific is showing until March 17th. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1pm, with additional 8pm showings on Thursdays and Saturdays. 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, 92026