If you’ve seen or never seen the performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s, “South Pacific”, you will be thoroughly entertained by the arrangement from the Alhambra’s Theater & Dining. South Pacific proves to be a great show for a small venue such as the Alhambra Theater & Dining. The cast is as professional as those in any off Broadway production. Kudos to producer Tod Booth, who once again brought a little bit of NYC to JAX, FL.
Despite some technical difficulties on Gala Night, the troupe did a magnificent job of projecting their voices while maintaining perfect pitch on every note. The food is wonderful and you’ll get a chance to experience Chef DeJuan Roy’s delectable Polynesian cuisine in the next “Lists” article. All that was missing was the pit and the pig on a skewer. But the pig did show up in grand style (see photos in the "List").
The show opens with a special Hawaiian sing-a-long and a romantic Hula while participants are eating dinner. Then the show began with a cute duo from Ngana (Rachel RDS) and Jerome (Caleb LaCroix) singing “Dites-Moi”. The children had small parts (Emile’s children), but they carried their characters with grace and charm.
Bloody Mary (Nicole Lee) sings and acts like a true Polynesian, but she’s an African American. She also reminds you of someone from Jamaican descent. “Bali Ha’i” and “Happy Talk” are her songs. She owned them!
Emile De Becque (Christopher Sanders) & Nellie Forbush (Ashlie Roberson) are the stars of the show. Their charismatic combined vocals are astonishing. Christopher didn’t really need a microphone. His wholesome rich tone exploded when he held notes and did a vibrato on “Some Enchanted Evening”. The man can act and sing while having a dynamic charm and charisma.
The Sailors and The Nurses are a little better than the actors in the original production, except for Mitzi Gaynor. The shower scene is a credit to the set designer (Dave Dionne) and Ashlie Roberson washed her hair and came back looking stunning.
Luther Billis (Eddie Mekka) is good in his part and was headlined for the show, nonetheless, I hoped that he would sing as he did in episodes of Laverne & Shirley. This is a very appropriate play for JAX because of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station that is here. Oh, if you missed the “Gala” and wanted to get-up-close-&-personal with Eddie, then come to a special show to be held on Monday, Nov. 11th and for $45.00, with Mr. Mekka while enjoying a fabulous dinner.
The show is just beginning and you still have time to purchase tickets. Don’t wait, because if you wait and want tickets; it may be like the tickets for the next upcoming production of “Christmas Carol” – They’re going FAST – no kidding!!!
Dates: October 23, 2013 – December 1, 2013
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m. Group sales are available.
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets starts at $46.00 for adults and $35.00 for children. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking.