The new Tim Rice musical From Here to Eternity is participating in Honolulu's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
Excerpts from the show were presented during the December 3 opening gala, For Love of Country, Pass it On, and will also be offered December 5 at the Movies on Waikiki Beach showing of From Here to Eternity, and at the December 7th Remembered veterans banquet event December 6.
The world premiere of From Here to Eternity opened on London’s West End September 30, 2013, running at the Shaftesbury Theatre through March 29, 2014. The show made its North American premiere at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival under the direction of producing artistic director, Brett Smock.
“I saw the show in London and was very taken with its power and message,” said Smock in a statement. “The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival was honored to have Tim Rice and the UK creative team in residence this past June as we shaped and introduced this compelling new musical to American audiences. It is an incredible honor to participate in the remembrance of this event on the actual historic grounds. I am a Hawaiian producer, director and choreographer and to be able to bring this show ’home’ is very meaningful.”
Based on James Jones’ award-winning novel and, later, the eight-time Academy Award winning film of the same name, From Here to Eternity, according to press notes, “takes place in 1941 in Honolulu. The men of G Company are restless and disgruntled. One of their own, the rebellious but soulful Private Prewitt, falls for escort club girl Lorene, and his platoon sergeant embarks on a dangerous affair with his commander’s wife. As the infamous date of the Pearl Harbor attack approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war. The new musical is an epic, sweeping story of love, redemption and hope set against the backdrop of a beautiful but conflicted paradise.”
The new musical has a libretto by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes, lyrics by Tim Rice, and music by pop music singer/songwriter Stuart Brayson. The show is directed and choreographed by Smock.
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