Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre

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The national touring company of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" will be led by opera notables Rod Gilfry (May 27- June 20) and David Pittsinger (June 22- July 17) who share the role of Emile de Becque, and Carmen Cusack (Nellie Forbush), with 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), original 2008 Broadway cast member Genson Blimline (Stewpot), Christina Carrera (Ngana) and CJ Palma (Jerome).

The ensemble includes Christopher Carl, Eric L. Christian (from the Broadway production), Jacqueline Colmer, Jeremy Davis, Mike Evariste (from the Broadway production), Kate Fahrner, Nicholas Galbraith, Alexis G.B. Holt, Chad Jennings, Christopher Johnstone, Kristie Kerwin, Jodi Kimura, Joe Langworth, Cathy Newman, Diane Phelan, John Pinto Jr., Travis Robertson, Josh Rouah, Kristen J. Smith, Matt Stokes, Gregory Williams and Victor Wisehart.

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.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples - U.S. 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 musicals 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 lavish new production features a cast of 34, musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra of 26 members - the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production - will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony Award®) and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.

Tickets for "South Pacific" are available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 972-4400, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office located the Ahmanson Theatre or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Hot-Tix, priced at $20, are available and can be purchased in advance, or subject to availability, on the day of performance at the CTG box office (no checks). For the deaf community, call TDD (213) 680-4017 for tickets and information. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling (213) 972-7231.

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Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison, Anderson Davis and John Kerr

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
France Nuyen and John Kerr

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Marty Ingels and Shirley Jones

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Roslyn Lowe Mass

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bruce Vilanch 

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bart Sher

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bruce Vilanch and Mitzi Gaynor

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Jeff Lynne

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Camelia Kath, Jeff Lynne (from the band ELO), actor Eric Idle and wife Tania Kosevich Idle

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Alec Mapa and Charlyne Woodard

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Lara Pulver

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Barbara Luna

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Ntare Mwine

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Mekia Cox

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Jodi Long

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
John Kerr, France Nuyen pose with Matthew Morrison

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Eric Idle and Tania Kosevich Idle

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Eric Idle

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Jane Kaczmarek

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Adrian Grenier

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Adrian Grenier

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
The "South Pacific" 25 piece orchestra

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
The "South Pacific" 25 piece orchestra

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
The "South Pacific" 25 piece orchestra

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
The "South Pacific" 25 piece orchestra

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
The "South Pacific" 25 piece orchestra

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Barbara Luna with cast members CJ Palma (L) and Alexis G.B. Holt

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Keala Settle and Barbara Luna

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Roslynd Lowe Mass and Kate Fahrner

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bruce Vilanche and Keala Settle

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bruce Vilanche, cast member Keala Settle and Mitzi Gaynor

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Barbara Luna and Shirley Jones

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Carmen Cusack and actress Mitzi Gaynor

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Carman Cusack and  Shirley Jones

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Sumie Maeda and Anderson Davis

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
France Nuyen and Sumie Maeda

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
France Nuyen and Sumie Maeda

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Rod Gilfry (L) and Director Bart Sher

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Saldivar and Carmen Cusack

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bart Sher, Carmen Cusack and Anderson Davis

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Rod Gilfry and Mitzi Gaynor

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Carmen Cusack and Anderson Davis

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Rod Gilfry and Carmen Cusack

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Bart Sher and Matthew Morrison

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison and Anderson Davis

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
Matthew Morrison and Anderson Davis

Photo Flash: Opening Night of SOUTH PACIFIC At The CTG/Ahmanson Theatre

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