Do It Today: musicals galore, including South Pacific at the Straz and A Stephen Sondheim Cabaret at American Stage

but reports on the touring cast are glowing, too. (Pictured: Anderson Davis as Lt Joseph Cable and Sumie Maeda as Liat. Photo by Peter Coombs) South Pacific, Jan. 12-17, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $38.50-$83, -- David Warner

The American Stage Youth Ensemble offers Hangin' with Steve: A Stephen Sondheim Cabaret, chock-full of numbers from Sondheim's Tony-winning musicals like Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd. Visit for more info. Jan. 12 and 14, 7 p.m., American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg, $5, cash only.

Despite fears that a traditional book musical from 1949 might seem as corny as Kansas in August to contemporary audiences, Bartlett Sher’s 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific turned out to to be some enchanted evening, winning rapturous reviews, seven Tonys and renewed respect for the musical’s unforgettable score, powerful love story and subtle treatment of racial issues among U.S. soldiers and Polynesian islanders during WWII. Much of the production’s success was due to the performances of the original cast (including Matthew Morrison of Glee fame as the beauteous Lieutenant Cable),

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