Barry and Fran Weissler, producers known for snagging big stars for their musicals Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun and Seussical, netted Robert Goulet to join their national tour of South Pacific, beginning March 19, the pair announced Jan. 15.
Goulet, the original Lancelot from Broadway's Camelot, will play romantic French planter Emile de Becque in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic set in the World War II-era South Pacific. He joins the company March 19 in Cincinnati, OH. The tour is booking at least through fall 2002. Michael Nouri's last "Enchanted Evening" will be March 17 in East Lansing, MI.
Goulet is no stranger to the role, having sung "Some Enchanted Evening," "Twin Soliloquies" and "This Nearly Was Mine" on a smash North American tour beginning in 1987.
Goulet won a Best Actor Tony Award for The Happy Time in 1968 and became a recording and nightclub star. In his later career, the suave baritone toured as Arthur in Camelot (which came to Broadway) and played the title role in a Man of La Mancha tour.
The new national tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning South Pacific is produced by Tony Award winners Barry and Fran Weissler in association with Clear Channel Entertainment. Jerry Zaks is the production supervisor and Scott Faris and Gary Chryst are the director and choreographer, respectively. This production of South Pacific was originally produced by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota, Kevin McCollum, President and CEO.
— By Kenneth Jones