South Pacific still a crowd puller

South Pacific review - Spa Pavilion FelixstoweI bet when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein first wrote this fantastic musical called South Pacific in 1949, they had no idea that nearly 60 years later it would still be a crowd puller.

South Pacific review - Spa Pavilion Felixstowe

I bet when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein first wrote this fantastic musical called South Pacific in 1949, they had no idea that nearly 60 years later it would still be a crowd puller.

And last night the Stage Door Theatre company didn't make a bad job of their production with the cast obviously enjoying themselves.

The whole show was lively and stayed true to the film, the sailors had their best moment with 'There is nothing like a Dame', the nurses with 'I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair'.

For me though, the highlight was Julia Locke playing a 'spot on' Bloody Mary, her accent, her mannerisms and her voice were just brilliant. Bali Hai is not an easy song to sing and I've heard versions that would curdle milk, but hers was spellbinding. It was a fantastic performance.

Richard Rumbellow played an excellent Emile de Becque with Holly England and Max Harold playing his wonderful two children Ngana and Jerome, both only nine years old.

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I thought that the best scene for Nellie Forbush, played by Angie Robertson didn't come until the second half when her and the rest of the cast burst into Honey Bun.

The orchestra did a superb job and all in all, everyone had a thoroughly good night.

Sue Gipps