Photo Coverage: 'South Pacific' Opening Night Party

The cast and crew of South Pacific celebrated their opening night in style. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic opened its first ever revival on April 3.

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 -- 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 the war and by their own prejudices.
 
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific premiered at Broadway's Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949 and enjoyed a five-year run winning countless awards including nine Tony® Awards (among them, Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Considered by many to be the finest musical ever written, the score includes such classics as "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothin' Like A Dame" and "A Wonderful Guy."
 
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific features a cast of 40 headed by Kelli O'Hara as Nellie Forbush and Paulo Szot as Emile de Becque, with Matthew Morrison (Lt. Joe Cable), Danny Burstein (Luther Billis), Loretta Ables Sayre (Bloody Mary), Sean Cullen, Victor Hawks, Luka Kain, Lu Jun Li (Liat), Laurissa Romain, Skipp Sudduth, Noah Weisberg, Becca Ayers, Wendi Bergamini, Genson Blimline, Grady McLeod Bowman, Charlie Brady, Matt Caplan, Christian Carter, Helmar Augustus Cooper, Jeremy Davis, Margot De La Barre, Christian Delacroix, Laura Marie Duncan, Mike Evariste, Laura Griffith, Lisa Howard, MaryAnn Hu, Zachary James, Robert Lenzi, Garrett Long, Nick Mayo, George Merrick, William Michals, Kimber Monroe, Emily Morales, Darius Nichols, George Psomas, Andrew Samonsky and Jerold E. Solomon.  Mr. Szot appears in Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific with the permission of Actors Equity Association.
 
The production includes musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and a 30 piece orchestra conducted by musical director Ted Sperling performing the original 1949 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.
 
Tickets to Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific are available now at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at telecharge.com, or by visiting www.lct.org.


Photo Credits Walter McBride/Retna

South Pacific


Jack O'Brien


Jack O'Brien


Susan Stroman


Christopher Gattelli


William Finn


Alice Hammerstein Matthias


Alice Hammerstein Matthias


Mary Rodgers Guettel


Mary Rodgers Guettel and Husband


Mary Rodgers Guettel


Dick Latessa


Dick Latessa


James Naughton


Bartlett Sher


Bartlett Sher


Danny Burstein


Rebecca Luker


Rebecca Luker


Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker


Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker


Skip Sudduth


Skip Sudduth


Laurissa Romain


Laurissa Romain


Noah Weisberg

Noah Weisberg


Noah Weisberg


Loretta Ables Sayre


Loretta Ables Sayre


Li Jun Li and Loretta Ables Sayre


Li Jun Li and Loretta Ables Sayre

Matthew Morrison


Li Jun Li and Matthew Morrison


Li Jun Li and Matthew Morrison


Li Jun Li and Matthew Morrison


Loretta Ables Sayre, Matthew Morrison and Li Jun Li


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Morrison


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot


Paulo Szot

Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Kelli O'Hara


Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara and Bartlett Sher


Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara and Danny Burstein

Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara, Daniel Burstein and Matthew Morrison


Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara, Danny Burstein and Matthew Morrison


Kelli O'Hara and Bartlett Sher


Kelli O'Hara and Bartlett Sher


Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara and Danny Burstein


Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot


Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot


Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot


Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot


Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot



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