Photo Flash: First Look at Maltz Jupiter Theatre's SOUTH PACIFIC
"Some Enchanted Evening" awaits at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre with a universal love story and the unforgettable, sumptuous score that is South Pacific.
Onstage March 6 through 25, the timeless Tony Award®-winning Broadway hit takes audiences on a journey to an island in the South Pacific during World War II, where an American nurse finds herself in the midst of love and war.
Nellie Forbush has fallen deeply in love with Frenchman Emile De Becque, a widowed plantation owner who has lived on the island for many years. But their sweeping romance is tested by the complexities of politics and prejudices of their time. This beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is sure to delight with memorable songs like "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Bali Ha'i" and "There is Nothing Like a Dame."
"South Pacific is a sweeping, glorious and timeless musical that has long been considered one of Broadway's most loved productions," said Andrew Kato, the Theatre's producing artistic director and chief executive. "We are so excited to be re-envisioning this dazzling musical on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's stage with an unparalleled cast and creative team. It's the not-to-be-missed musical event of the season!"
Composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, South Pacific's original 1949 Broadway production enjoyed immense success, winning 10 Tony Awards® and becoming the second-longest running Broadway musical to that point. In addition to numerous successful revivals, tours, a 1958 film and TV adaptations, the musical's 2008 Broadway revival was also a critical success, winning seven Tony Awards®.
"Exuberant and infectious," raved The New York Times, while Newsday dubbed the show "heartfelt and spectacular." USA Today wrote that South Pacific is "spine tingling! It soars!" while Variety hailed it as "ravishing theater" and the New York Daily News called it "extraordinary!"
Led by award-winning director Gordon Greenberg (Broadway and PBS Great Performances' Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn and London's acclaimed West End revival of Guys And Dolls) - who directed the Theatre's critically-acclaimed hit production of Barnum in 2009 - the Theatre's production will feature choreography by Connor Gallagher (seen onstage in the Theatre's production of The Boy Friend), a prominent choreographer who recently won the 2016 Astaire Award for Best Off-Broadway Choreography for The Robber Bridegroom.
"South Pacific is one of the greatest musicals ever written," Greenberg said. "It's a show that is both nostalgic and shockingly contemporary and human. It's a testament to the musical's staying power to see how it continues to resonate with audiences, 70 years later."
With a dynamic cast of 28 that includes Broadway's Erin Davie as Nellie (Sunday in the Park with George, Side Show, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens and Curtains) and Nicholas Rodriguez as Emile (Captain Georg von Trapp in the recent national tour of The Sound of Music and Broadway's Tarzan, among others), other members of the show's creative team include scenic designer Paul Tate DePoo III (known for the Theatre's productions of Me and My Girl, The Producers, The Wiz, Les Misérables, The Will Rogers Follies, Annie, The Music Man and Hello, Dolly!), lighting designer Rob Denton (whose work across the country includes A Chorus Line, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Thoroughly Modern Millie), costume designer Tristan Raines (whose work includes The New York Pops Christmas Concert, Would You Still Love Me If?, Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman and Bare) music director Eric Alsford (known for the Theatre's productions of A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Les Misérables and Love Is Love) and sound design by Carbonell Award-winning resident sound designer Marty Mets.
Why not make it a party? Discounted group rates are available, and The Green Room Club Level Lounge is available for private events and functions. Student rush tickets are also available for young audience members. For each season show on the night of the performance (evenings only), all students 18 and under may buy a mezzanine ticket for only $25; subject to availability.
South Pacific is sponsored by The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Gil Walsh Interiors, LLC and Patty and Bob Hendrickson.
Single tickets for South Pacific start at $58; for showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.
Photo Credit: Alicia Donelan/Charlotte Donelan/Zak Bennett
Curt Denham (Commander William Haribson), Josh Kolb (Yeoman Herbert Quale), Erin Davie (Nellie Forbush) and Peter W. Galman (Captain George Bracket)
Surrounded by Seabees, Jodie Kimura (center) portrays Bloody Mary
Ngana (Hana Roberts) and Jerome (Ray Zurawin) sneak up on their father Emile (Nicholas Rodriguez)
Stephen Mark Lukas (far left) as Lieutenant Cable and Nicholas Rodriguez (center) as Emile De Becque share a tense moment with Curt Denham (Commander William Haribson) and Peter W. Galman (Captain George Bracket)
Stephen Mark Lukas portrays Lieutenant Cable
Surrounded by Seabees, Jodie Kimura portrays Bloody Mary
Erin Davie (top, center) portrays Nellie Forbush