FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2017
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
First Time for Rodgers and Hammerstein Classic on TM Stage
Memphis, TN – South Pacific sails onto the Theatre Memphis Lohrey Stage June 2 - 25, 2017. This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical follows a nurse stationed on an island during World War II who is in love with a French expatriate plantation owner. She struggles accepting his mixed-raced children and, along with another romance between a U.S. Lieutenant and a young island native, issues of racial prejudice and gender roles are candidly explored. Filled with memorable songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”, to name a few.
“Addressing issues of prejudice, race, and acceptance, this classic piece of musical theater is more relevant than ever”, declares director Jordan Nichols. “The love story is universal and is the real appeal to the audience ..., “ he continues, “… along with some of the most memorable show tunes of all time. Audiences will be moved to laughter and tears as they follow the struggles of war and finding love in the most unlikely of places.” Supporting Nichols are Gary Beard as Music Director and Travis Bradley as Choreographer. The show stars Amy P. Nabors as Nellie Forbush and Kent Fleshman as Emile de Becque.
Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch exudes pride with this production. “I can’t believe that in the almost 100 years of Theatre Memphis’ history we have never produced South Pacific,” Litch says. “It is about time that we brought this classic to our patrons with the level of artistic excellence that we are able to give it. I promise that if you come to see it that it will be one enchanted evening.”
TITLE: South Pacific
MUSIC BY: Richard Rogers
LYRICS BY: Oscar Hammerstein II
BOOK BY: Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
DIRECTOR: Jordan Nichols
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Gary Beard
CHOREOGRAPHER: Travis Bradley
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: June 2 - 25, 2017
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays
TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students, $25 seniors 62 and above and military personnel
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
SPONSORED BY: Deborah Dunklin Tipton, Kitty Cannon & Jim Waller, John & Anne Robilio, Dorothy O. Kirsch and Juve Salon Spa
MEDIA SPONSOR: Clipper Magazine, Valpak The Best Times and WKNO 91.1FM
Promotional graphic attached. Production photos available 05/30/17.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation / ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission