I'd received the tickets as a Christmas present and was really excited about seeing it - I totally love musicals and we get a pretty good selection in Southampton. I was also interested to see what kind of job Samantha Womack made of the role of Nellie Forbush, since we're more used to seeing her over-emoting in EastEnders (I think she's meant to be in prison right now, isn't she? That would explain her absence away in the South Pacific lol!). Anyway, I can tell you that she blew me away! Her voice is incredible and she does a mean American accent too. Her co-star Matthew Cammelle as Emile was also fantastic. I was surprised to see Alex Ferns (Little Mo's abusive husband Trevor, also from EastEnders) in a singing, comedic role as Luther Billis - again a really excellent performance.
At about three hours it's pretty long but the time flies by - before we knew it we were giving a standing ovation. I really can't recommend South Pacific highly enough. I'd love to see it again and if you fancy checking it out the dates for the rest of the tour can be found here.
If you only see one show this year try to make it South Pacific!!