Stream ‘South Pacific’ with Joanna Ampil
As previously reported, the Chichester Festival production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific is currently streaming worldwide.
Joanna Ampil plays Bloody Mary, the Polynesian who tries to outwit everyone else in her determination to exploit the foreigners on her island. She is joined by Gina Beck and Julian Ovenden, who star as Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque, Rob Houchen who plays Lt. Joseph Cable, Keir Charles who plays Luther Billis, and Sera Maehara who plays Liat.
Other members of the cast include Alex Young, Iroy Abesamis, Lindsay Atherton, Carl Au, Rosanna Bates, David Birrell, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Taylor Bradshaw, Bobbie Chambers, Charlotte Coggin, Danny Collins, Oliver Edward, Sergio Giacomelli, Shailan Gohil, Adrian Grove, Zack Guest, Cameron Bernard Jones, Amanda Lindgren, Matthew Maddison, , Melissa Nettleford, Rachel Jayne Picar, Kate Playdon, Pierce Rogan, Clancy Ryan, Charlie Waddell, James Wilkinson-Jones, Archer Brandon, Ellie Chung, Lana Lakha, Kami Lieu, David Ngara-O’Dwyer, and Alexander Quinlan.
The production is directed by Chichester Artistic Director Daniel Evans. Other members of the creative team include Peter McKintosh (set and costume designer), Ann Yee (choreographer & movement director), Nigel Lilley (musical supervisor), Cat Beveridge (musical director), David Cullen (orchestrator), Robert Russell Bennett (original Broadway orchestration), Howard Harrison (lighting designer), Paul Groothuis (sound designer), Gillian Tan (video designer), Theo Jamieson (Additional Arrangements and Happy Talk Orchestration), Charlotte Sutton (casting director), and Verity Naughton (additional children’s casting).
The musical is set in 1943 on an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. US troops are kicking their heels amid the cacao groves while restlessly waiting for the war to reach them. Nellie Forbush, a navy nurse from Arkansas, finds herself falling for the French plantation owner, Emile de Becque – a man with a mysterious past. The scheming sailor Luther Billis runs a makeshift laundry to earn a quick buck, but he’s no match for the quick-witted Polynesian Bloody Mary who’s intent on exploiting these foreigners. When young Princeton graduate Lieutenant Joe Cable is flown in on a dangerous reconnaissance mission, love and fear become entwined as the island’s battle for hearts and minds begins.
South Pacific opened on Broadway in 1949 and won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular songs, including Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Younger than Springtime, Bali Ha’i, This Nearly Was Mine, and more.
The production started streaming last August 4. It only has two streaming dates left– August 31, 7:30pm British Standard Time/ September 1, 2am Philippine time and September 3, 7:30pm British Standard Time/ September 4, 2am. The streams are available to view for 24 hours. You can find out how to get tickets HERE.
The streamed performance was recorded live in front of an audience at the Chichester Festival Theatre last July 13. The same performance is broadcast on each of the stream dates.
You can watch the trailer of the production below.