Musical Theatre West Romances Audiences with South Pacific

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Christopher Carl as Emile DeBecque and Aleesa Neeck as Ensign Nellie Forbrush in South Pacific. Photo courtesy of Musical Theatre West.

Christopher Carl as Emile DeBecque and Aleesa Neeck as Ensign Nellie Forbrush in South Pacific. Photo courtesy of Musical Theatre West.

Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific to the stage this month. The classic musical opened Friday and continues through March 1, 2015.

Based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, the musical features the mesmerizing music of Richard Rodgers, the romantic lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. The iconic music transcends time, from the romantic themes of “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger Than Springtime” to the spirited “There Is Nothing Like a Dame.” The original 1949 Broadway production won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Libretto, and is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories.

Alessa Neeck stars as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Most recently Neeck appeared on Broadway in Cinderella and White Christmas and has appeared Off-Broadway in Happiness and No, No Nanette. Another Broadway veteran, Christopher Carl portrays the dashing Emile DeBecque. In addition to appearing in the Broadway production and national tours of South Pacific, Carl’s Broadway credits include the original productions of Mamma Mia! and Tarzan and the Off-Broadway production of Johnny Guitar. Patrick Cummings portrays the hopeful Lt. Joseph Cable, U.S.M.C. His most recent credits include Show Boat with San Francisco Opera, and in the same production at The Kennedy Center. Cumming’s credits include New York productions of New Girl in Town, Donnybrook!, and Transport.

Jodi Kimura recreates her performance as Bloody Mary, a role that earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance in the first national tour of the Lincoln Center production. Cailan Rose portrays the captivating Liat. Her credits include Broadway and National Tour productions of Hair and Miss Saigon.

Tickets are now on sale at www.musical.org, or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.

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