The Paper Mill Playhouse continue its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific will be directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. Mike McGowan joins this cast as Emile de Becque replacing the previously announced Jason Howard.
"Paper Mill alumnus Mike McGowan is thrilled to be back at the playhouse where he previously appeared in Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/Petruchio) and Master Class (Tony). On Broadway McGowan appeared in Ragtime, Grease , The Apple Tree, Priscilla and The Producers. Other stage credits include: Bernstein’s Mass (Carnegie Hall, Naxos—Grammy nomination), Thou Swell (Lincoln Center/City Ballet), The Body Beautiful (York, recording), Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons), Ringling Bros. (Ringmaster, Madison Square Garden) and Macbeth (Macbeth). McGowan as appeared in the films The Producers and Big Words On television McGowan was featured on Electric Company, Delocated and Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Also leading the cast are Erin Mackey as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Tony Award nominee Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, Tally Sessions as Luther Billis, Doug Carpenter as Lt. Joe Cable and Jessica Wu as Liat. South Pacific will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from April 9 through May 4, 2014.
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener, South Pacific features iconic melodies like "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," and "There Is Nothing Like a Dame.” One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during World War II. South Pacific’s original Broadway and revival runs won a combined total of 17 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
South Pacific will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and range from $27 to $98. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.