Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Enchanted Evening in the South Pacific

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Enchanted Evening in the South Pacific

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THE cast of South Pacific brings a healthy dose of humour to Opera Australia's production of the Broadway classic. Currently playing at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, South Pacific will come to Brisbane for a three-week season just after Christmas.

Set on a US Naval base during the Second World War, the Tony-Award winning musical centres on American nurse Nellie (Lisa McCune) who falls in love with a French plantation owner Emile (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) but struggles to accept his mixed-race children.

Eddie Perfect, who won a Helpmann Award for his performance in Shane Warne the Musical and stars in Channel 10's hit drama Offspring, is a crack-up as the crafty Luther Billis.

Show highlights include Perfect leading the ensemble of Seabees in a rowdy and randy rendition of There Is Nothing Like A Dame and again stealing the scene in the Thanksgiving Follies opening of the second act.

The Offspring star's injection of physical comedy helps to balance the dramatic themes of racism and war. …

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