"South Pacific" returns for a second run after proving a favorite with audiences last summer.
New and old favorites make for a summer season of Broadway hits
One of the first major productions of “Les Miz” in Wisconsin debuts on campus this summer. The popular musical will play along with a reprisal of last year’s sold-out show, “South Pacific,” comprising the 52nd season of St. Norbert College Music Theatre.
In October, artistic director Dudley Birder (Music) secured a production grant for the unabridged version of “Les Misérables” – the version that, for the past 18 years, has been restricted to professional production companies.
Two great stories
The story of love and sacrifice, following the journey of convict Jean Valjean during the French Revolution, has picked up plenty more buzz this year with the release of the box-office hit movie.
Birder cites “Les Miz,” a personal favorite, as one of the most physically demanding musicals Music Theatre will ever perform. For individuals alone, the musical includes 35 solo singing roles and a considerable chorus.
According to Birder, “Les Miz” resonates with audiences worldwide because of this depth in musicality and narrative. The plot explores human suffering in all walks of life, challenging audiences to reflect on the true price of liberty in the face of tremendous loss. “Couple this with one of the finest musical scores ever written,” says Birder, “and you have the masterpiece that is ‘Les Miz’. ”
“South Pacific” returns to this summer’s lineup as another favorite among audiences. Presenting the complicated nature of love in the midst of racial tension and war, this musical holds its own as an engagiing show to complement the grandeur of “Les Miz.”
Dates for your calendar
This summer’s season will open with nine performances of “South Pacific” (June 4-26), with 10 performances of “Les Misérables” (June 18-28) to follow. Tickets are now available for both “South Pacific” and “Les Misérables” and can be purchased at the St. Norbert College ticket office, online or by calling 920-403-3950 or 800-762-2699.