The national tour of South Pacific celebrated its opening night at the Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 2. Bartlett Sher has directed the production.
In attendance were several alumni from various stage and screen incarnations of South Pacific, including Mitzi Gaynor (Nellie), John Kerr (Cable), and France Nuyen (Liat) from the film version; Shirley Jones and BarBara Luna from the original Broadway run of the musical; and Glee star Matthew Morrison, who played Lt. Cable on Broadway as part of the original revival cast of the musical.
Additional guests at the opening night performance included Jennifer Carpenter, Adrian Grenier, Michael C. Hall, Jane Kaczmarek, Eric Idle and wife Tania Kosevich Idle, Jodi Long, Jeff Lynne, Alec Mapa, Lara Pulver, Bruce Vilanch, and Charlayne Woodard.
The current touring cast includes Rod Gilfry (Emile de Becque), Carmen Cusack (Nellie Forbush), Anderson Davis (Lt. Cable), Matthew Saldivar (Luther Billis), Keala Settle (Bloody Mary), Gerry Becker (Capt. Brackett), Peter Rini (Cmdr. Harbison), Sumie Maeda (Liat), Rusty Ross (Professor), Genson Blimline (Stewpot), Christina Carrera (Ngana), and CJ Palma (Jerome).