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CityRep, OCU Co-Produce 'South Pacific' Musical

A cast of 40 and a full 38-member orchestra will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical masterpiece “South Pacific” in four performances, April 24 to 27 at Oklahoma City University. 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has inspired two movies and won a total of 17 Tony Awards. 

The first-ever co-production with CityRep Theatre and OCU’s Bass School of Music will co-star Christopher Carl, featured as Emile de Becque in the show’s recent Broadway revival, and OCU alumna Tiffan Borelli as Nellie Forbush.  

“South Pacific is Broadway’s greatest musical, and we’re doing it with all the bells and whistles,” said David Herendeen, director of OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. “The music is lush, lavish and exotic, and the story is funny, sexy, tragic — just genius. It’s the perfect season finale. This will be epic!” 

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee on OCU’s historic Kirkpatrick stage, NW 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.

 Tickets are $15-$35; $8 with military, educator or student ID and are available by calling (405) 208-5227 or online at In honor of Borelli’s return to the OCU stage, Thursday’s performance will be Alumni Night, offering two-for-one tickets to all OCU graduates. 

A free curtain talk with guest director Len Pfluger will be held 45 minutes before each show. An opening night dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the school’s Bass Music Center. Tickets are $20 and reservations are required. 

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the story follows the romance of two couples — U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Airman Joe Cable and a young islander, Liat — whose happiness is threatened by war and their own prejudices. Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score includes classics such 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.” 

Stage direction is by New York-based director Len Pfluger, with scenic design by Jason Foreman, costumes by Ashley Bellet, lighting by Aaron Mooney and sound by Jason Stewart. The 38-piece orchestra will perform orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, under the direction of Jan McDaniel.