Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Casting for South Pacific

paper-mill-playhouse-logoAn island in New Jersey? It’s possible! Just use your imagination as one of America’s favorite musicals is set to hit the stage at one of the nation’s favorite regional playhouses in the upcoming weeks! While it’s hard to imagine life on an island in the South Pacific as winter rages on here in the Northeast, audiences and patrons of Paper Mill Playhouse will have the chance to! As one of the nation’s premiere regional theatres continues its season, audiences prepare to not only be transported by the magic of theatre but to a place much warmer than where they are now. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of those cast in Paper Mill Playhouse’s upcoming production of Rodger & Hammerstein’s South Pacific!

South Pacific is a musical which features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. The musical tells a romantic story during World War II on a tropical island. An American stationed in the South Pacific falls in love with a French plantation owner but struggles to accept his children who are mixed races. Another American falls in love with an Asian woman he meets yet he worries about the consequences of loving someone of a different race. The musical not only discusses love but talks about the racial boundaries of it and how they only exist to those willing to see them.

Erin_mackeyPaper Mill Playhouse was pleased to announce the casting for its upcoming production of South Pacific, its fourth production of the 2013-2014 season. The show is set to begin performances on April 9th, 2014 and will officially open on April 13th. The show will run through May 4th. Leading the Paper Mill production will be Erin Mackey (Pictured Right) who will star as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Other leading players who will join Mackey will be Opera star Jason Howard as Emile de Becque, Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, Tally Sessions as Luther Billis, Doug Carpenter as Lt. Joe Cable and Jessica Wu as Liat.

The ensemble for South Pacific will include Jordan Lage, Ryan Andes, Bonale Fambrini, Gabby Gutierrez, Avery Espiritu, Sydney Veloso, Andrés Acosta, Faye Bautista, Grady McLeod Bowman, Will Burton, Meggie Cansler, Matt Faucher, Joanne Javien, Caitlin Maloney, Christian Marriner, George Merrick, Brian Ogilvie, Samantha Joy Pearlman, Michael Scirrotto, Paige Sommerer, Ryan Steer, Jeff Sullivan, Teddy Tinson, Grace Wales and Gregory Williams.

Rob-Ruggiero_fullThe entire production is being helmed by Rob Ruggiero (Pictured Left) who will serve as director. The production will also feature choreography by Ralph Perkins. The rest of the creative team includes Michael Yeargan as scenic designer, Catherine Zuber as costume designer, John Lasiter as lighting designer and Randy Hansen as sound designer.

South Pacific will mark the fourth production of the 2013-2014 season for Paper Mill Playhouse. Earlier this season, they presented the premiere of Honeymoon In Vegas, Olivier! and The Other Josh Cohen. The Other Josh Cohen is currently still playing and plays through this Sunday, March 16th, 2014. Following South Pacific, Paper Mill will end their season with the hit summer lovin’ musical Grease set to play from May 28th until June 29th, 2014. Paper Mill Playhouse has also already announced their 2014-2015 season which you can find here on Luner on Theatre.

Stick with Luner on Theatre as we continue to bring you more news regarding Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of South Pacific! We hope to bring you rehearsal photos, production shots and much more as we head to the South Pacific and back in time with one of America’s favorite musical’s. For more information, visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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