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Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical “South Pacific” is coming to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts from May 4 – 16th. Originally produced on Broadway in the 1950s (an Academy Award nominated film version was made in 1958), the Broadway show re-opened to high praise in 2008, winning seven Tony Awards. The show has been playing to sold out audiences since March of 2008 when the Lincoln Center Theater cast started touring.
The show is about prejudice, love, and war.
Sound dated? I think not.
Considered by some to be the best musical ever written, the show is also seen as the pinnacle of Jewish composer Richard Rogers and Jewish lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II’s collaboration on Broadway musicals (they have “The King and I” and Sound of Music” to their fame, among others). Sound intriguing?
What if I told you that TC Jewfolk had the hook up for you to (1) get a huge discount on tickets, and (2) have a chance at winning yourself a free pair to Opening Night? You’d be freakin’ out, I’m sure. Keep reading. And breathe. [UPDATE – FREE TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE].
How Can I Win Free Tickets?
Ah, the most important question.The Ordway is giving one TC Jewfolk reader a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS to the Opening Night show (May 4) of “South Pacific.”
All you have to do to enter to win is answer this question in the comments before Monday, April 26th at midnight. How are the themes of love, war and prejudice in South Pacific still relevant to theater-goers today? Can the show teach us anything? The winner will be drawn randomly, via The Hat, so there is no right or wrong answer.
How Can I Get Discounted Tickets to “South Pacific?”There are two ways you can get discounted tickets to this hot show.
First, TC Jewfolk has a special deal for any night of the show’s run. For $35 (plus fees) you can get seats in Scales 2-4 (prices are usually $62.50 – 475.00). When you buy your tickets for the show, just use the Promo Code “JEWFOLK.” The TC Jewfolk discount is not good on previously purchased tickets and is subject to availability.
Second, the Ordway has a 20s and 30s theater offer called “The Urbanites.” On Thursday May 6th, folks in their 20s and 30s can purchase $35 (plus fees) tickets to ANY SEAT at that one performance, and you’ll get along with it an invitation to pre- or post- show social hours. Buy your tickets for the show with the promo code “URBAN.”
Watch the Trailer for “South Pacific” on Youtube and Get a Taste of the Touring Broadway Show:
I heard that the Broadway revival made Nellie much more upper class and elite than the Mary Martin original–which would put her squarely in the Tea Party demographic. Relevant? You betcha.
Having just attended several films at the JMFF, the theme of love, war and prejudice exist in several areas of society today – sometimes the war isn’t with guns and machines but words and actions. Love almost always trimuphs; prejudice is overcome and tolerance and acceptance prevail.
All of this love, war and prejudice is still going on today. Although everything is a bit different than what it used to be it still exists.
Conflict based on prejudice is relevant worldwide decades after South Pacific was written. Theater can bring out these issues in a more emotional way than simply reading news reports.
Well, let’s see…
Love? Eternal. Check.
War? Got two to choose from. Check; check.
In general, of course it hasn’t disappeared at all.
Connected to our current wars? I haven’t heard any particular stories. But in World War II American servicemen got into romances with “natives” of many theaters of war, and the Vietnam War produced many American-Southeast-Asian liaisons — and these caused various prejudices to rear their ugly heads. As then, so probably now. Imagine a romance of a U.S. Marine with a native of Baghdad; I would not bet on either of their families being free from prejudice on the matter.
Maybe one day there would be a musical “Greater Middle East.” *wry smile*
I think we can change the saying to “Nothing in this world is certain but for love, war, death and prejudice”.
We have our human history right from the stone age to validate that.
How prevalent prejudice is.
We can look at many of the wars that are going on around the world today and see that prejudice (and greed) plays a big part.
Everyday when you open up the newspaper, turn on the new on the tv or the internet, there is at least one story about love, about war and about prejudice. They are something that will never go away. (In the case of love that is probably a good thing though.)
Not relevant at all. Too simplistic. But the music is GREAT!
Gabe! You are our winner! Congrats! The rest of you should buy tickets to the show – it should be great! Thanks for reading TC Jewfolk!