While cannons have long been used as percussion instruments in orchestras worldwide, it wasn't until after World War II that they were loaded with coconuts and fired at gongs for that extra solemn "bonk." Take in a tropical tune with today's Groupon: for $27, $37, or $42, you get a ticket (up to an $85 value) to see the revived Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre downtown. Choose from the following 2010 dates and times:
For $27, you get a mezzanine-level ticket ($55 value) to one of three shows: Thursday, May 27, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 1, at 8 p.m.
For $37, you get a rear orchestra-level ticket ($75) to the Thursday, May 27, show at 2 p.m.
For $42, you get a mezzanine-level ticket ($85 value) to one of two shows: Saturday, May 29, at 2 p.m., and Wednesday, June 2, at 8 p.m.
In 2008, South Pacific swept the Tony Awards®, capturing seven golden trophies, including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, South Pacific tells, dances, and sings the story of two couples—Navy nurse Nellie Forbush with French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and airman Joe Cable with lovely native lass Liat— torn by war and the temptations of tropical paradise. The original production won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950, with its frank depiction of racial prejudice as a central theme.
Love-rhombused and heartbreakingly beautiful, South Pacific features a cast of golden-piped heroes who strut across the stage in coordinated clockwork, struggling against and occasionally breaking free of the tight confines of '40s social mores and restrictive military uniforms.
South Pacific swept the 2008 Tony Awards®, taking home seven awards for Best Musical Revival, Best Director, and more. The New York Times, USA Today, and the New York Post all loved the Broadway show:
- In making the past feel unconditionally present, this production restores a glorious gallery of genuine people who were only waiting to be resurrected. – Ben Brantley, New York Times
- This is a great staging of a great show, not least for its portrait (now too sadly apt) of young America at war. - Clive Barnes, the New York Post