November 26, 1941. Six aircraft carriers depart Japan heading east for Hawaii to execute their devastating mission. That same morning, the men of G Company set about their daily duties restless and disgruntled, trapped in Hawaii, itching to join the war. Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt, a rebellious but soulful prize fighter, arrives new to G Company. His recruitment is strategic – to win the boxing competition and bring new pride and visibility to Captain Holmes and his regiment. When Prewitt refuses to fight, he becomes a target and must endure a series of monotonous and cruel punishments designed to coerce him back into the ring. As the ships make their way toward Hawaii, the musical charts a suspenseful and chilling course. Its hero embarks on a passionate love affair with an alluring escort girl, paralleling a dangerous relationship between his platoon sergeant and the Captain’s wife. As the infamous date approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war. “From Here To Eternity” is a compelling and visceral portrait of humanity, duty and redemption set against the backdrop of a beautiful but conflicted paradise.
About the Workshop
Multiple award-winning film and theatre lyricist Sir Tim Rice, in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, will present an industry-only NYC development workshop of his new musical, “From Here to Eternity” in January 2019. More information here.