After 7 Tony Awards® and sell out seasons on Broadway and the West End, the Lincoln Center Theatre's stunning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is finally coming to Brisbane.
A ground-breaking new production, directed by Bartlett Sher, South Pacific swept the 2008 Tony Awards® and played to sold-out houses for two and a half years, making it one of the Lincoln Center Theatre's most successful productions.
A superb live orchestra will play what is undoubtedly one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most glorious scores, featuring magnificent numbers including:
'Some Enchanted Evening'
'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair'
'There is Nothin' Like a Dame'
for those who have not lived through the first incarnation of South Pacific, do not miss it this time around. You will not be disappointed as it truly is "one enchanted evening..." read more >
Marika Bryant – australianstage.com.au
Thursday, 03 January 2013
Her angelic voice, that infectious smile, her apparent endless supply of energy and her precise command of the drama so perfectly tuned – she stands head and shoulders below her co-star and yet shines brighter than anyone who ever trod the boards. About Lisa McCune read more >
Glenn T - fmvtvinsideentertainment.com.au
Jan 8 2012
"An outstanding achievement. This is ravishing theatre." Variety
" A show you will remember forever" Star-Ledger
"Rapturous and Revelatory!" The New York Times
"The best revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein in a generation" The Washington Post
"****Simply wonderful! Beguiling theatrical magic!" New York Post
"****Spine-tingling! It soars!" USA Today
Lisa McCune is one of Australia's most popular and successful screen and theatre actors, earning an impressive collection of awards celebrating her performances, including four Gold Logies for Most Popular Personality on Australian television. As a teenager in Perth, Lisa developed her love of acting by appearing in various repertory group plays. After studying music and classical singing in high school she was accepted into the acting course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Lisa moved to Melbourne after graduating WAAPA in 1990 where she began touring the play Working Out to rural schools. She appeared in a few television pilots before landing the role of Maggie Doyle in the police drama, Blue Heelers. Blue Heelers went on to become one of the most popular and enduring programs on Australian television making Lisa a household name. During her years as Maggie Doyle, she played the lead role of Mary in the Seven Network mini-series, The Potato Factory, based on Bryce Courtney's novel.
In 1999, Lisa starred as Maria in the Gordon Frost production of The Sound of Music which she followed with her Green Room Award-winning performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Lisa also received nominations for a Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for her performance as Hope Cladwell in Urinetown. Lisa's other stage credits include Melbourne Theatre Company's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dead Man's Cell Phone and The Ambassador Theatre Group's Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Guys and Dolls (2009 Green Room nomination). Lisa's other screen credits include Rowan Woods' feature Little Fish, the highly acclaimed series MDA, Bryan Brown's Two Twisted, the UK/Australian co-production Tripping Over, and the telemovie Hell Has Harbour Views for which she received a Silver Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actress and the ABC series Rake, with Richard Roxburgh.
In 2011, Lisa starred in series five of the Nine Network's Sea Patrol as Lieutenant "XO" Kate McGregor (2008 Silver Logie nomination) and in the telemovie Blood Brothers, directed by Peter Andrikidis, also on the Nine Network. In 2012, she will star in Network Ten's primetime drama, Reef Doctors. Lisa is also producing the series with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions.
Lisa has recently turned her hand to producing and has been working with experienced producers such as Gus Howard (Rain Shadow, Blue Heelers) and Anthony Buckley (Oyster Farmer, Rabbit Proof Fence) on a number of projects for the screen.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Following in the tradition of an opera star performing the role of Emile de Becque (the great Ezio Pinza was the first to sing it on Broadway) Opera Australia are delighted to announce that audience favourite, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, will premiere in the production as the handsome French plantation owner.
Hailing from New Zealand, Teddy Tahu Rhodes rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and the concert platform. He sings a wide-ranging repertoire, notable for several world and Australian premiere performances including Bendrix (The End of the Affair), Joe (Dead Man Walking), The Pilot (The Little Prince/Rachel Portman) – subsequently filmed for the BBC and televised in both the UK and the USA - as well as Nigel Butterley's Spell of Creation and Barry Conyngham's Fix.
He has performed with the international opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich, Theatre du Chatelet/Paris and Vienna, the Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.
Hot on the heels of its London premiere and extensive UK tour Daniel is thrilled to be making his Australian debut, reprising the role of Lt Cable in this award winning production of South Pacific.
Born in Gawler SA, Daniel studied at the Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University. He then moved to London and was awarded a place on the Musical Theatre Post Graduate Course at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with an MA in 2005.
Daniel's previous roles include the recent role of The Russian in Craig Revel Horwood's award winning production of Chess, which toured the UK and Italy. Daniel was no stranger to Chess as he has performed as part of the West End Chorus in Tim Rice's own production of Chess in concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Kerry Ellis were but a few of the names that made this production particularly spectacular. In 2006 Daniel was also a cast member of the Scandinavian Tour of CHESS the Arena musical, he also understudied the lead role, Frederick Trumper.
In 2008/2009 he played the role of Tony to critical acclaim in the 50th Anniversary UK tour ofWest Side Story, which was produced by Ambassador Theatre Group. Daniel's other roles include the lead role in Jason and the Argonauts and a principal cast member in Pacific Overtures at the Leicester Haymarket. He also appeared in the international tour of Saturday Night Fever playing both Father Frank Jnr and understudying DJ Monty. This tour took him to both Korea and Taipei. 2009/2010 saw Daniel sell out his solo concerts in the UK and he was a featured artist of the renowned West End legend Elaine Paige on her radio show.
Whilst in Australia, Daniel won the Young Achievers Award in 2003 and the coveted Young Artist Scholarship Program with the State Opera of South Australia. He has also sung a season with the Reis Opera Company of the Netherlands, and was subsequently cast to perform the lead role in a new work for the National Youth Opera Festival in Amsterdam. Among many other accolades he was also a finalist in the BBC Voice of Musical Theatre Competition in Cardiff, Wales. With high acclaim for his debut album Self Titled Tenor, Daniel is currently recording his second album, which is certain to reinforce his reputation as one of musical theatre's most promising new voices.
Bartlett Sher is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater in New York where his production of South Pacific premiered in 2008, winning him the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director of a Musical and also the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York. The landmark production, the musical's first Broadway revival, won a total of seven Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Mr. Sher's other credits for Lincoln Center Theater include JT Rogers' Blood and Gifts, the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Tony Award nomination), Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination) and the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical The Light in the Plaza (Tony nomination). Next season, for Lincoln Center Theater, he will direct a new production of the Odets classic Golden Boy on Broadway.
He made his debut with New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2006 with a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, followed by productions of Les Comtesd'Hoffman and Le Comte Ory. This fall, he will open the MET's 2012-2013 season with a new production of L'Elisird'Amore. His other opera credits include Two Boys (English National Opera), Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival) and Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and NY City Opera).
His other New York credits include Craig Lucas' Prayer for My Enemy for Playwrights Horizons. For Theatre for A New Audience he directed Pericles, Don Juan, the American premiere of Harley Granville-Barker's Waste(2000 Obie Award) and Cymbeline, which premiered in England at the Royal Shakespeare Company and which was the first American production ever to be performed at the RSC. The subsequent New York production of Cymbeline earned him the Callaway Award as well as Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations.
Formerly Artistic Director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, Mr. Sher directed that Theatre's world premieres of Prayer For My Enemy and The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas (both of which he also directed for Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre) and Nickel and Dimed, Joan Holden's adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Barbara Ehrenreich, which transferred to Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. His other productions for the Intiman include Thornton Wilder's The Skin of our Teeth and Our Town, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and The Three Sisters, both in new adaptations by Craig Lucas, Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul, and Shakespeare's Richard III, Titus Andronicus and Cymbeline. Under his direction the Intiman received the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
He received his graduate training as the only American in a class of international theatre artists at Leeds University in England. He has directed, lectured and run workshops in theaters, universities and training programs across the country. He currently serves on the Board of Theatre Communications Group, and has held positions as associate artistic director at Hartford Stage and company director at The Guthrie Theater under his mentor, Garland Wright.
Opera Australia is the largest performing arts company in Australia, and is led by its Chief Executive, Adrian Collette AM, and Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini. Before joining Opera Australia, Adrian had a career as a professional singer and also gained significant commercial experience leading one of Australia's major publishing companies. Lyndon had a successful career as an opera singer both in Australia and internationally. Most recently, he was Artistic Director of the Brisbane Festival before re-joining Opera Australia in 2009 as its Artistic Director. Together Adrian and Lyndon have set a course of revitalisation not just for Opera Australia, but for how Australians see Opera in Australia.
This production of South Pacific is one of the cornerstones of the new Opera Australia. It marks the first time we have licensed a production direct from Broadway; the first time we have presented a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical; and importantly our first collaboration with John Frost. The coming together of Australia's largest arts company and largest musical producer to bring classic musicals to Australian stages signals an expansive new direction for Opera Australia – we simply want to connect great music and performances with the widest possible audience.
Through projects such as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - La Traviata, Community Choirs in Western Sydney, The Melbourne Ring Cycle, television broadcasts on the ABC and SBS, Opera Australia strives to be a company for all Australians. And this of course is in addition to our regular performances that occur throughout the year at Sydney Opera House, The Arts Centre Melbourne, and in 2012 at QPAC, Brisbane. No matter how you connect with Opera Australia – we welcome you as part of our audience.
John Frost is Australia's most prolific theatrical producer. Successful productions include Big River; Grease!; South Pacific; Hello Dolly!; Secret Garden; Crazy for You; Smokey Joe's Cafe; Art with Tom Conti; The Sound of Music; Annie; Lady Windermere's Fan starring Vanessa Redgrave at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London; Peter Hall's An Ideal Husband with Googie Withers and John McCallum; The Producers; The King and I, (Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival) and Hairspray on Broadway (Tony Award® for Best Musical).
He has co-produced the recent Australian tour of The Phantom of the Opera and the Broadway season of Exit the King starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. In 2010 John produced the Australian tours of Chicago, Fame and Calendar Girls. He co-produced Doctor Zhivago the Musical and Wicked in Australia, as well as Priscilla: Queen of the Desert on the West End. Also in London, John produced Julie Andrews in the concert event Gift of Music at the O2 Arena.
John is currently producing the Australian tour of Annie starring Anthony Warlow and Nancye Hayes and is co-producing the Asian tour of Wicked. In 2012 he is co-producing the World Premiere of the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman as well as the Australian Premiere of Legally Blonde. Other future productions include the new musical Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Story.
In the 1999 Australia Day Honours, John was awarded an OAM for his contribution to the Arts.