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Presented by Broadway in Charleston
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: $34 and $58
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cathy Foy, who plays Bloody Mary in the national touring production of "South Pacific," thinks people might be a little surprised by this new revival of the musical, especially if what they remember is the 1958 film or 2001 television production.
"The issue of prejudice is more to the forefront," she said. "The idea of war and war being hell is more pronounced."
Foy said the musical, which comes to the Clay Center Sunday night, fits with the times.
"We're still at war, and there's still prejudice," she said, before noting that prejudice, at least, isn't as commonplace as it was when James A. Michener wrote his "Tales of the South Pacific," which the musical was based on.
Weaving different characters from Michener's stories into one plot, "South Pacific" revolves around two couples in love in wartime Hawaii. Both struggle with racial prejudice, and their love is tested.
The musical is an American classic and a Broadway powerhouse. The original 1949-1950 production won 10 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The 2008 Broadway revival was nominated for 11 Tonys and won seven, including Best Revival and Best Direction of a Musical.
While Foy said the story might be seen through a slightly darker lens now than it was in 1950, the heart of the story is the same, and the music is wonderful.