Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of South Pacific with its production opening Wednesday, July 24 and running until Sunday, September 15. The Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic which premiered in 1949, did not have a revival until the 2008 Lincoln Center production which like its predecessor won multiple Tony Awards®. Several of its songs, including “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “There is Nothing Like a Dame”, “Happy Talk”, and “I’m In Love with a Wonderful Guy”, have become popular standards. South Pacific isn’t only recognized for its beautiful score, it also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950.
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A’Hearn is pleased to announce a stellar cast being led by world renowned opera singer Branch Fields as Emile De Becque and Kate Marshall as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Fields, who has sung with multiple opera companies made his Broadway debut in South Pacific, understudying the role of Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater production. Marshall is reprising the role of Ensign Nellie Forbush which she played at the Arizona Broadway Theater in 2017. The cast also includes Riverside favorite Kadejah Oné (Bloody Mary), Joey Birchler (Lt. Cable), Alan Hoffman (Luther Billis), local favorite Robert John Biedermann (Captain Brackett), Sally Roehl (Liat), Ian Lane (Cd. Harbison), Raina Chan (Ngana) and Silas Iem (Jerome).
The ensemble includes Adelyne Anderson, Elizabeth C. Butler, Kevin Cleary, Cody Hall, Andrea Kahane, Shana Lambert, Colby LeRoy, Katie Little, Erica Morchower, Wilson Pezzuto, Andrew Prowant, C. Alexander Smith, Theron Smith, and Stephanie Wood.
The creative team is led by director and choreographer, Penny Ayn Maas and Music directed by Angela Donadio. The scenic design by Frank Foster, lighting design by Michael Jarett and Costumes designed by Kyna Chilcot. Sound design by Billy Timms and properties master & set dresser Bridgid K. Burge. Our creative team is complete with the production stage manager, Jessica Dotson. For tickets, contact the Box Office at (540) 370-4300 or go online at riversidedt.com. Regular price tickets: $48-$72. Discounted senior and group rates are available, as well as student rush tickets (with valid student ID). Evening performances start at 7:30pm with dinner service beginning at 5:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matinee performances start at 1:30pm with dinner service beginning at 11:30am on Wednesday and 3:00pm on Sunday with dinner service beginning at 1:00pm.