Set in an island paradise during World War II, the Tony Award-winning musical tells of a pair of parallel love stories – each weeks pre-show entertainment has a special theme.

Fresh off its best season in years, in which the Mountain Play’s 100th anniversary production of The Sound of Music drew more than 20,000 attendees, the venerable outdoor theater institution heads to South Pacific.

Beginning May 18, the Mountain Play is presenting the Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific, the adaptation of James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific. 

Directed by Linda Dunn, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is set in an island paradise during World War II, focusing on a pair of parallel love stories, one between the spunky Ensign Nellie Forbush and local French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and the other between Lieutenant Joseph Cable and a young native woman Liat.

With a backdrop of 1940’s sailors and nurses trapped in the middle ground between war and peace, the story candidly and sensitively explores the issue of racial prejudice.

 Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, it has seen numerous productions and award-winning revivals. The musical was adapted in 1958 into a film that starred Mitzi Gaynor and Rosanno Bratzi. South Pacific is musically rich with songs that have become popular standards such as “Bali Ha’i,” “Younger Than Springtime” and the beautiful “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Pre-Show Entertainment & Themes

In addition to the headline show, pre-show activities and musical acts provide entertainment for the whole family. Puppet shows by Fratello Marionettes are held at 11:30 am and 1 pm daily. Each day has a special theme with preshow entertainment at 12:30pm tailored to the interest of the patrons:

  • Kids & Family Day (May 18) – preshow entertainment by Sharon Boucher’s Future Stars of Marin
  • Military Veteran Day (May 25) – preshow entertainment by Singers Marin
  • LGBT Day (June 1) – preshow entertainment by The Lollipop Guild – An Ensemble from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Singles Day (June 7) – preshow entertainment by ‘Til Dawn
  • GLEEK/Musical Theatre Geek Day (June 8) – preshow entertainment by Marin Summer Theater
  • Luau Day (June 15) – preshow entertainment/Hawaiian Music and Dance

The 411: The Mountain Play’s 101st season is a production of South Pacific. Performances are on Sundays, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15 and Saturday June 7. All shows begin at 2 pm. The Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre is at 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. Tickets range from $20-$40. General Admission.  

Patrons are asked to arrive at least one hour prior to show time, and are encouraged to carpool, hike, or bike to the venue as parking is limited. FREE parking is available in Mill Valley with FREE shuttle buses to the theatre. 

For more info and to buy tickets, click here or call (415) 383-1100.

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