In a press conference of the upcoming musical treat that is based on musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, titled ‘South Pacific in Concert’ with Joanna Ampil, Jon Meer Vera Perez, and Mark Bautista, as the lead stars—was launched on Monday, August 17 at the Passion Cantonese Restaurant.
Ampil, Vera Perez, Bautista, and Ima Castro will play Nellie Forbush, Emile de Becque, Lieutenant Joseph Cablem and Bloody Mary, respectively.
The mounting of this show marks the first time that a concert adaptation of a major musical will be done in the Philippines. Combining the state-of-the-art technical features of the NPAT with the cast’s impressive musical talents, the production offers a new approach to watching stage musicals.
The concert version is exactly the same script that of 1949 Broadway musical, the 1958 film as well as the 2010 revival on Broadway, but it’s abridged because it’s a concert—no set with orchestra on stage. It is presented like a concert with lines so audience can follow the story. It’s exactly like the ‘Les Miz in Concert’. It will be directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Full House Company‘s artistic director.
Its plot centers on an American nurse (Forbush) stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner (de Becque) but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant (Cable) and a young Tonkinese woman (Liat), explores his fears of the social consequences should he marry his Asian sweetheart.