"I Can See It": Reimagined Revivals With New Casting Concepts

By Ben Rimalower
26 Oct 2013



Audra McDonald
Photo by Autumn de Wilde

All-Female South Pacific

To give the sisters a chance to do it for themselves, how about an all-female South Pacific? Does it work historically? No. Could it work dramatically? Very possibly! Anne Bogart received much acclaim for her production of the show set in a veterans' mental institution — and think of the long and great tradition of setting Shakespeare and the classics in all kinds of contexts, not to mention cross-gender casting. Female soldiers would set this already socially conscious piece in a whole new light. How about Audra McDonald for Emile, Natalie Joy Johnson for Nellie and Laura Benanti for Lt. Cable?

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