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Some Enchanted Evening at Rockville’s South Pacific

By • Jul 11th, 2006 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Rockville Musical Theatre’s production of South Pacific [MP3 4:04 1.2MB].

Laura: This weekend we saw Rockville Musical Theatre’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific in Rockville, Maryland.

Mike: South Pacific is a musical play written by Rodgers & Hammerstein. It opened in 1949 and played on Broadway for over five years. It’s considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all times. It is basically a love story.

Laura: I really enjoyed the performance. I thought everything was really well done. The acting was good, the singing was terrific. I liked the set and the costuming. Everything was really well performed.

Mike: This was a very professional looking show. Rockville Musical Theatre did a great job with it.

Laura: The main character was Ensign Nellie Forbush played by Liz Hester. She gave a really good performance. She was a really good actress, with a really good singing voice, too. Very strong and professional. She could really hold out the notes well. She seemed to enjoy herself, too. I could tell by her acting on stage that she really loved what she was doing.

Mike: The man that Nellie fell in love with was Emile De Becque, a Frenchman that was living on the island. He was played by Walter Smith. He did a great job with his part. At several points he had to interact with two children that were his children. It really looked like it was a family that was up on stage when they were singing and playing together. The scenes with Nellie and Emile discovering that they love each other and then him having to tell her that he has children from his first wife. That was a very moving and powerful scene and they did a good job with it.

Laura: The comedian of the group was Luther Billis played by Daniel Corey. He was a lot of fun, he was a crack up. His dancing scenes were also really well done. He had a good voice, too. He was in love with Nellie Forbush and wanted to defend her honor to the last degree. I really enjoyed watching him perform also.

Mike: There were a lot of songs in the show. But one of the best ones was,”I’m Gonna Wash That Man right Outta My Hair” by Nellie Forbush and the nurses. That was a really good number. Nellie was sharing with the nurses that she didn’t want to go out with Emile anymore, was done with him. She was going to wash her hair of him. She actually lathered up her hair and a few minutes later actually took a shower on the stage and rinsed her hair. That was so unexpected that they actually had running water that she could actually wash her hair. That got a round of applause because we the audience wasn’t expecting it. It shows a lot that the technical crew of the Rockville Musical Theatre can do a really good job.

Laura: The sets were also really well done, very detailed. The transitions between the scenes were also smoothly done. Everyone was assigned something and the moving in and out was very smooth. There was a live orchestra, which kept playing and helped with the flow and the rhythm of show going very well.

Mike: The costumes in the show were really well done. The women changed their costumes a lot more than the men did. The men pretty much stayed in their uniforms pretty much the entire time. The nurses were sometimes in bathing suits, and then other times they were in their uniforms. Then they were in men’s uniforms for the Thanksgiving Eve Show. It showed a lot of attention to detail that the costumes looked so good.

Laura: I definitely recommend that you go out and see this really well performed show. South Pacific is playing through July 23rd in Rockville, Maryland. It is three hours long with the intermission. Once you’ve seen the show, feel free to email a comment to us at

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Laura: And now, on with the show.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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