Photo Flash: First Look at the Cast of Rubicon Theatre Company's SOUTH PACIFIC
SOUTH PACIFIC is the final show of Rubicon Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary Season. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SOUTH PACIFIC is set on an exotic island during World War II. The plot follows two love stories about seeming-opposites brought together by the circumstances of war and torn apart by prejudice and fear. SOUTH PACIFIC is based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific." The timeless score includes beautiful ballads such as "Younger than Springtime" and "Some Enchanted Evening," as well as exuberant up-tempo songs like "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy," and driving anthems like the ever-timely "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught."
Get a first look at the production in the photos below!
SOUTH PACIFIC is directed by KATHARINE FARMER whose 2017 Rubicon production of Gulf View Drive won the Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play, Larger Theatre. "While embracing the romance and humor of this great classic," says Director Farmer, "we are also working to create a more gritty world and convey the various facets of life for these characters during the Pacific campaign: the sense of purpose, the adventure, the tedium, the anxiety - all of it." Ovation Award-winner Brent Crayon serves as Musical Director and First Keyboard Player, and Lee Martino (multiple Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards) is choreographer.
With a cast of 28, SOUTH PACIFIC will be one of the largest shows mounted at Rubicon Theatre Company to date. Says Burns, "Katharine and the team have found artists with gorgeous voices who are also extraordinary actors, intent on mining the rich human truths of their characters." Burns cites as an example Jodi Kimura, who was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in D.C. for her portrayal of Bloody Mary and was the only American in the London Lincoln Center cast. Ben Davis (Emile DeBeque) is a Tony honoree andMADISON CLAIRE PARKS (Nellie Forbush) is perhaps best known for her more than 400 performances as Luisa in the historic Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks in New York. Also featured in the cast are Alex Nee (National Tours of Once and American Idiot), actress/writer JAMIE YUN ("Ghosted"), Olivier Nominee and Helen Hayes Award-nominee Kirby Ward (Crazy for You in London), ANDREW UMBERGER (City of Angels and Passion on Broadway), company member Joseph Fuqua (Rubicon's Hamlet/My Fair Lady), and Marc Ginsburg (5-Star's Shrek).
For tickets, visit www.rubicontheatre.org or call (805) 667-2900.
Photo Credit: Ronnie Slavin
Alex Nee and Jamie Yun