South Pacific

Get swept away on Rodgers and Hammerstein's lush score

The list of amazing Broadway tunes that came out of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific is stunning: "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," for starters. Theatre Under the Stars is hosting the 2008 Tony Award-winning reinvention of the show produced by Lincoln Center Theater, and according to Lauren Lovell, the TUTS public relations manager, the amazing score will sound better than ever. The traveling show "has one of the largest touring orchestras that most people have ever seen," she says. Usually there are no more than 18 to 21 people in the pit at the Hobby Center. This show has 25 musicians, and that's without a keyboardist. "It's like a full-body experience," says Lovell. "You really feel like you're wrapped up in the music." Of course, there's also the powerful tale about racism during WWII and the Americans who must overcome what they've "been carefully taught," as yet another great tune in the show tells us. It all makes for "Some Enchanted Evening." 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through March 21. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-558-8887 or visit $24 to $155.

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 9. Continues through March 21, 2010

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