Anderson Davis interview with ChicagoPride.com
Wed. November 18, 2009 by Michael J. Roberts
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Q: When is the first time you got to see a production of South Pacific?
AD: (Anderson Davis) [Laughing] Well, I was in an ‘excellent’ production of South Pacific in high school, where I played Emile de Becque. Hopefully all the tapes of that are now destroyed!
Q: It is amazing how iconic South Pacific has become over the decades. Why do you think the show still relevant after almost 50 years since it premiered?
AD: There are has always been a lot of controversy that has followed South Pacific in terms of its themes, especially that of racism. One of the things that is so exciting about this production is that a lot of the original script that was cut for the initial Broadway production back in by Bartlett Sher (the Director) and the rest of the creative team. It really points out just how important the story is today, I don’t know if it is encouraging, exciting or depressing that the show is still so relevant.
Q: How has the audience reaction to the revamped South Pacific?
AD: It has been so fantastic. One of the great things about this show is how it spans the generations, so you have families of all types and all ages coming to see the production,
many who remember the original who are now bringing their grandchildren.
Q: How do you stay in such great shape?
AD: Well traveling on the road is hard, so I really have to find time to work at it. And of course I use the ‘Perfect Push-up’ which really helps!
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