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“South Pacific” first look at Weatherspoon Art Museum

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How does a Pulitzer Prize meet the Great White Way?

UNCG emeritus professor Bob Gatten can tell you at the “South Pacific” preview event. Take a deep dive into the history of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that opens Sept. 17, presented by UNCG and Triad Stage.

The Aug. 31 preview will include early photos and videos from the rehearsal and design process and Gatten will share his knowledge of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tales of the South Pacific,” by James Michener, and of how Michener’s work came to be the inspiration for what many regard as the best musical of all time.

Gatten has conducted research at the Michener Archives at the University of Northern Colorado and at the “South Pacific” archives of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization in New York, and saw no fewer than seven performances of the 2008 revival at Lincoln Center.

The preview event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Weatherspoon auditorium and is free and open to the public. Attendees receive a 25 percent off discount code for tickets to “South Pacific.” For more information, contact Triad Stage at: 336.272.0160 or triadstage.org.