Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre will reprise her Broadway role as Bloody Mary in South Pacific at Paper Mill Playhouse, directed by Rob Ruggiero.
Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre will reprise her Broadway role as Bloody Mary in South Pacific at Paper Mill Playhouse, directed by Rob Ruggiero.
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Paper Mill Playhouse will continue its 75th Anniversary Season with a production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical classic South Pacific, which will play the Millburn, New Jersey theater from April 9-May 4. The official press opening is set for April 13. Rob Ruggiero will direct, with choreography by Ralph Perkins.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific is a story of romance against the backdrop of a tropical island during World War II. The musical features favorite songs such as "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," and "There Is Nothing Like a Dame."

Leading the cast is Erin Mackey as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Jason Howard as Emile de Becque, Tally Sessions as Luther Billis, Doug Carpenter as Lt. Joe Cable, Jessica Wu as Liat, and Loretta Ables Sayre reprising her Tony Award-nominated performance as Bloody Mary. The cast will also feature Jordan Lage (Capt. George Brackett), Rob Richardson (Cmdr. William Harbison), Ryan Andes (Stewpot), Scott Anthony Joy (The Professor), Andrés Acosta, Faye Bautista, Grady McLeod Bowman, Will Burton, Meggie Cansler, Matt Faucher, Joanne Javien, Caitlin Maloney, Christian Marriner, George Merrick, Brian Ogilvie, Samantha Joy Pearlman, Michael Scirrotto, Paige Sommerer, Ryan Steer, Jeff Sullivan, Teddy Tinson, Grace Wales, and Gregory Williams.

The young actors playing Jerome and Ngana were cast at an open-call audition at Paper Mill Playhouse. Bonale Fambrini (Millburn, NJ) will play Jerome and Gabby Gutierrez (Springfield, NJ) will play Ngana. Avery Espiritu (East Hanover, NJ) and Sydney Veloso (Summit, NJ) are the alternates for Jerome and Ngana, respectively.

The production's design team includes Catherine Zuber (costumes), John Lasiter (lighting), and Randy Hansen (sound).

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