Sony BMG Masterworks proudly announces the upcoming release of the New Broadway Cast Recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific. The CD will be available nationwide on May 27, 2008. This much-anticipated Lincoln Center Theater production of this treasured American musical directed by Bartlett Sher will have its Official Opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street) on Thursday, April 3. Previews began March 1. Produced by David Caddick and David Lai, the CD will be recorded on Monday, April 14 at New York's Legacy Recording Studios (509 West 38th Street).
Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples -- US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat -- and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific premiered at Broadway's Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949 and enjoyed a five-year run winning countless awards including nine Tony? Awards (among them, Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Considered by many to be the finest musical ever written, the score includes such classics as Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, Bali Ha'i, There is Nothin' Like A Dame and A Wonderful Guy.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific features a cast of 40 headed by Kelli O'Hara as Nellie Forbush and Paulo Szot as Emile de Becque, with Matthew Morrison (Lt. Joe Cable), Danny Burstein (Luther Billis), Loretta Ables Sayre (Bloody Mary), Sean Cullen, Victor Hawks, Luka Kain, Lu Jun Li (Liat), Laurissa Romain, Skipp Sudduth, Noah Weisberg, Becca Ayers, Wendi Bergamini, Genson Blimline, Grady McLeod Bowman, Charlie Brady, Matt Caplan, Christian Carter, Helmar Augustus Cooper, Jeremy Davis, Margot de la Barre, Christian Delacroix, Laura Marie Duncan, Mike Evariste, Laura Griffith, Lisa Howard, MaryAnn Hu, Zachary James, Robert Lenzi, Garrett Long, Nick Mayo, George Merrick, William Michals, Kimber Monroe, Emily Morales, Darius Nichols, George Psomas, Andrew Samonsky and Jerold E. Solomon. Mr. Szot appears in Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific with the permission of Actors Equity Association.
The production includes musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and a 30 piece orchestra conducted by musical director Ted Sperling performing the original 1949 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.
Tickets to Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific are available now at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at telecharge.com, or by visiting www.lct.org.