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South Pacific - Leeds Grand Theatre - Tuesday 26 June 2012

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 27th Jun 2012 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
This breathtaking and lavish production has re-invented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards and played for a two year run to sold out theatres across America. Now the production  is enchanting UK audiences receiving huge critical acclaim at London's Barbican in the summer and is now on a UK tour which has now arrived in Leeds for a two week run.

Set on a tropical island during World War 11, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples threatened by the realities of war. With some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest songs the show has songs that everyone knows:  Some Enchanted Evening, There Is Nothin' Like A Dame, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Younger Than Springtime and Happy Talk.

There was some excellent use of lighting which brought the bright sunshine of the Polynesian South Seas to a dreary summer's night  in Leeds.

The 14 strong male marine audience captivated the audience  with their powerful and energetic performances of There Is Nothin' Like A Dame and Bloody Mary.

The two main performers in the show - Matthew Cammelle portrayed a poweful performance as Emile de Becque and Samantha Womack (Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders) as Ensign Nellie Forbush, showed that she is a talented actress with a superb voice who was wasted on Eastenders!

Jodi Kimura played the part of Bloody Mary with great timing and some clasic comedy lines with  Alex Ferns (Luther Bills).

It might be 63 years since the show first hit the stage but it still has that feel good factor and in these recession times that is a good enough reason to see the show. Definately an enchanted evening indeed.

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