Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical SOUTH PACIFIC will premiere its new production at the Palace Theater in Waterbury for four performances, September 23 – 25, before setting sail on its 2011-2012 National Tour. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at, or in person at the Palace Theater Box Office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury.

   Set on a tropical island during World War II, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Considered by many as the finest musical ever written, the score’s most memorable songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

   This breathtaking new production is based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.

   In a unique opportunity for the Palace, the tour’s cast and crew will take up residency at the performing arts center for three weeks prior to the scheduled performances to re-tool and tech the production before it embarks on its 2011 national tour. Living up to the musical’s most popular song, the residency is sure to present local students and patrons alike with many “enchanted evenings” including student workshops, behind-the-scenes tours and  ‘meet and greet’ opportunities with the cast.

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