A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific

May 20, 2008 2:13:02 PM PDT
On May 17th 2008, WABC-TV brought you a very special half-hour celebrating Lincoln Center Theater's stunning new revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved musical, South Pacific. The show was hosted by Eyewitness News anchor, Sade Baderinwa.Ticket demand for this hit show is through the roof, but our viewers not only get to sample the actual show, they enjoy unprecedented behind the scenes access, looking in on early rehearsals, meeting all the players, from the stars to the set designers, and seeing what actually goes on backstage during a performance and during a cast recording session.

We talked to Broadway veteran and two-time Tony-nominee, Kelli O'Hara, who got rave reviews in the leading role of Nellie Forbush. She shares her thoughts on her approach to this iconic character and tells us why she's having so much fun in the role. We also meet her handsome leading man Paulo Szot, a well-known Brazilian opera star making his Broadway debut. He tells us how he made the transition from the opera stage to the Broadway stage, and gives us his reaction to glowing reviews and enthusiastic NY audiences.

We also heard from other notable actors in the cast. Tony-nominated Matthew Morrison tells us why hitting the gym is part of the job in his role as Lt. Joe Cable and shares some of his secrets for staying in shape. Danny Burstein, another Tony nominee, talks about playing the memorable character Luther Billis and the exhilaration of leading the Seabees in their rendition of the rousing classic, 'There is Nothin' like a Dame'. We also visit Mr. Burstein at home and meet his wife actress Rebecca Luker, who is currently appearing on Broadway in Mary Poppins.

A Salute to Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific features rare archival performance footage by the original stars (Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza) of the1949 production, as well as fascinating WWII photographs and footage, which put the play into historical context and underscore its impeccable attention to detail and authenticity. A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific is an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look into this classic story of romance, war and prejudice, which is dazzling audiences and critics alike.

A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific is sponsored by:

  • Toyota
  • Hotels.com
  • Office of Maine Tourism