- $24 for one ticket to see Dames at Sea or South Pacific (up to $40 value)
- When: Dames at Sea July 9–13, South Pacific July 16–20
- Where: West Virginia Public Theatre
- Seating: main floor
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Dames at Sea
A campy 1930s-style musical, Dames at Sea parodies the genre while also nabbing its catchy lyrics, upbeat scores, obsession with Herbert Hoover tattoos, and bashfully bawdy sailor-speak. During the play, wide-eyed celebrity-hopeful Ruby lands a chorus part in a Broadway musical, where she eyes the melodious charms of Dick, a sailor-songwriter. But then ill fate strikes their romance and production, resulting in a demolished theater and a cast mired in a love triangle. It’s up to Ruby and Dick to save the show, and—most challenging of all—rehearse on a battleship.
Dames at Sea burst onto the Off-Off-Broadway scene in 1966 starring a then-unknown Bernadette Peters, before eventually gracing Off-Broadway, where it won three Drama Desk Awards and one Outer Critics Circle Award. On the heels of its 2014 Broadway revival, it takes over West Virginia Public Theatre with tongue-in-cheek song-and-dance numbers such as “That Mister of Mine,” “The Sailor of My Dreams,” and “Raining in My Heart,” which helps raise awareness about the rare medical condition of the title.
West Virginia Public Theatre’s rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s World War II-era Broadway classic, South Pacific, takes its cues from Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony–winning production. Throughout the lively musical, toes tap along to numbers such as “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” while two couples struggle to keep war from encroaching on their oasis, much like a lunch lady moments before the lunch bell.