"South Pacific" at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Thursday, October 9, 2014 By: Kristen Weyer Source: New York Theatre Guide

An enchanted evening of musical theater awaits with Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production of South Pacific.  Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener, this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic has been a favorite since it first opened on Broadway in 1949.  With a book jointly written by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, South Pacific won 9 Tony Awards, with the 2008 Broadway revival following closely with 7 Tony Awards.  Ably directed by Charles Repole, this production is a wonderful portrayal of an all-time favorite.

South Pacific centers on the men and women of the armed forces during World War II.  Stationed, naturally, in the South Pacific, we follow their lives, loves and heartbreaks as they navigate the prejudices of their day, and a world at war.  Full of beloved songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” you’re bound to have a toe-tapping good time. The orchestra under direction from Leo P. Carusone produces incredible, soaring melodies with this classic score.

From entrepreneurial Sea-Bees to lovesick lieutenants, this cast of accomplished performers brings the exotic world of South Pacific to life.  The energetic Ensign Nellie Forbush is played by Haley Swindall who delivered a pleasing performance.  George Dvorsky portrays the dashing, French expat Emile de Becque with a rich vibrato and convincing accent.  Zach Trimmer as Lieutenant Joseph Cable sings a beautiful and touching rendition of “Younger Than Springtime” to his young Tonkinese lover, Liat, played by Alison T. Chi.  Both Joanne Javien as Bloody Mary, and Bill E. Dietrich as Luther Billis gave enjoyable performances with wonderful characterization.  Ngana and Jerome were delightfully played by Isabella D’erasmo and Kyle Arzaga; Kaeleigh Picco and Daniel Ward also portray the children on alternate performances.

Everywhere you look in this cast you find talent.  Excellent harmonies and powerful voices rang throughout the theater, making such numbers as “Bloody Mary”, and “There Is Nothin

Like a Dame” particularly enjoyable.  Set Design by Steve Loftus was sparse with limited props, and while perhaps not as visually stunning as other performances it was effective.  Derek Lockwood and Roberto Silva’s historically accurate costuming aided the production admirably.  Add to this the diverting choreography by Michael Lichtefeld, and you have an extremely satisfactory evening of entertainment.

Running Time: Approximately 2 ½ hours with one 30 minute intermission.

Advisory:  Some language and adult themes.

South Pacific is playing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre located at 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford NY.  The show will be running until November 30th, 2014 pausing for the Christmas show, and then running again from December 31st, 2014 until January 25th, 2015.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (914) 592-2222 or by clicking here.