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Paper Mill Playhouse Prepares to Open 'South Pacific'

The Alternative Press Staff

Friday, March 28, 2014 • 7:01am

MILLBURN, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse is set to open its latest production, 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.

South Pacific, one of the most popular and acclaimed musicals of all time, is a story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII. It boasts songs that transcend time – "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" and many more. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Paper Mill alumnus Mike McGowan recently joined the cast as Emile de Becque, replacing the previously announced Jason Howard.  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 theater from April 9 through May 4. The official press opening night is Sunday, April 13 at 7 p.m.  South Pacific is sponsored by American Airlines. Paper Mill Playhouse's 75th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

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, five 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 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p. m. and 7 p.m.  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 10 or more can receive up to a 40 percent discount on tickets and should call (973) 315-1680

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