Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific Set to Play Walnut Street Theatre
The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical begins performances tonight.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical tells the story of Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, who falls in love with a French plantation owner named Emile. At the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for Liat, a beautiful island native. The score includes the songs "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Some Enchanted Evening," "There Is Nothing Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime," and "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy."
Courtney Chu and Ella Hampton will alternate the role of Ngana. Kwanchi Loo and Ethan Jih-Cook will alternate the role of Jerome. They are joined by Christopher Shin (Henry), Paul Shoeffler (Emile de Becque), Kate Fahrner (Ensign Nellie Forbush), Lori Tan Chinn (Bloody Mary), Fran Prisco (Luther Billis), Billy D. Hart (Stewpot), Ben Dibble (Professor), Ben Michael (Lt. Joseph Cable), Jeffrey Coon (Cmdr. George Brackett), Dan Olmstead (Capt. George Brackett), and Alison T. Chi (Aliston T. Chi). Completing the ensemble is Joey Abramowicz, Shavey Brown, Schyler Conaway, Jennie Eisenhower, Casey Elizabeth Gill, Jessica Gruver, Maria Konstantinidis, Kathryn Miller, Joseph Michael O'Brien, Owen Pelesh, Chris Stevens, and Sean Thompson. Charles Abbott directs.
The production team includes Michelle Gaudette (choreography), John Daniels (music and voice direction), Robert Andrew Kovach (scenic design), Paul Black (lighting design), Mary Folino (costume design), and Ryan Peavey (sound design).
In 1950, South Pacific won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Performances run through October 23.