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Gammage to honor military, veterans at opening night of 'South Pacific'

December 05, 2011

ASU Gammage will be honoring veterans and military during a Heroes Night on the opening night performance of "South Pacific," Jan. 10. That evening, veterans and military can receive a $50 ticket to the performance, using promo code MILITARY, as well as enjoy a heroes celebration from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a special presentations, giveaways and more.

ASU Gammage also will honor special World War II veterans who will be in attendance. The show's performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" makes its Tempe debut at ASU Gammage, playing Jan. 10-15. This breathtaking new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" is based on the 2008 Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples – US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat – and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices.

Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such classics 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.”     

ASU Gammage is located at 1200 S. Forest, on ASU's Tempe campus, at Mill Avenue & Apache Boulevard. Tickets to the show start at $23.50. For more information, visit