Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama
(Boiling Springs, PA) Allenberry Playhouse proudly presents Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's prize-winning musical South Pacific, directed by Ryan Gibbs, from July 22 through August 30.
Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Tales of the South Pacific," Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.
"What is summertime without Rodgers & Hammerstein? Our audience loves the classics and the classics don't get better than South Pacific.," said Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs. "Allenberry is built on the idea of families and multi-generations coming to the theatre. South Pacific is a perfect show for your group or family; it's beautifully written, its themes are timely and it's the perfect show to introduce your family who has never seen a show before to live theatre. We can only bring these special shows around every decade or so- don't miss South Pacific before it goes back into the archives for another 15 years."
Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples -- US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat -- and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices.
Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score's songs include such classics as "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothin' Like A Dame," "This Nearly Was Mine" and "A Wonderful Guy."
The cast features Katie Sexton (Off-Broadway: Angelina Ballerina; Allenberry's Oklahoma!) as Nellie Forbush, Andy Lebon (National Tour: Oklahoma!) as Emile de Beque, Laura Yen Solito as Bloody Mary (NY City Center Encores! Kismet), Jack O'Brien (National Tour: Ghost) as Lt. Joseph Cable, Viveca Chow (Liat), Dennis Setteducati as Luther Billis (National Tour: Anything Goes), Rachel Yeager (Ngana), Christian Yeager (Jerome), Joe O'Malley (Stewpot), Craig Treubert (National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone) as Commander Harbison, and Jeff March (National Tour: Church Basement Ladies) as Captain George Brackett. The ensemble Alex Acevedo, Jackson Bartelme, Kelley Hertzler, Lorel Holt, Oren Korenblum, TJ Lamando, Dave Mancuso, Sean Ormand, Matthew Oster, Julia Palladino, Drew Patti, Caitlen Patton, Jordan Sharp, Daniela Sottile, and Nathan Willey.
Choreographed by Dann Dunn, with music direction by Harrison Beck. South Pacific is designed by Andre Valsing (sets), Kurt Alger (costumes), Ryan Gibbs (lighting), Adam Bates (sound). Tara Kelly is production stage manager.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific premiered at the Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949 and went on to enjoy a five year 1,925 performance run, winning countless awards including nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joshua Logan directed the 1958 film that starred Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi. In 2008 Lincoln Center Theater presented a new production of the musical classic, directed by Bartlett Sher which won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival. PBS Great Performances broadcast South Pacific in concert with country star Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Live from Lincoln Center broadcast (with Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot) with a performance of the 2008 revival prior to its closing.
Historical Note: Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse opened July 2, 1949. South Pacific has been presented at Allenberry in 1968, 1978, 1990, and 2000.
South Pacific plays Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Tue., Wed., Thur. & Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $38, with special prices for students and children. Dinner/Theatre packages are $59 matinees, $63 evenings. For tickets call (717) 258-3211 or (800) 430-5468. The Allenberry Playhouse is located at 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.