Hairspray's McKean Completes Cast of Hollywood Bowl South Pacific

News   Hairspray's McKean Completes Cast of Hollywood Bowl South Pacific Casting is now complete for the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming concert performances of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, starring Reba McEntire and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Michael McKean
Michael McKean Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Michael McKean, whose Broadway credits include Hairspray, Accomplice and the recent revival of The Pajama Game, is the final addition to the starry company. McKean, who may best be known for his work on TV's "Laverne and Shirley" and "Saturday Night Live," will play Lt. Billis in the Aug. 3-5 concerts at the outdoor venue.

As previously reported, McEntire and Mitchell will head the cast as, respectively, Ensign Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque. They will be joined onstage by Mia Tendora as Ngana, Sebastian Gonzalez as Jerome, Armelia McQueen as Bloody Mary, Janelle Velasquez as Liat, Jody Ashworth as Stewpot, Steven Hack as Professor, Aaron Lazar as Lt. Joseph Cable, Conrad John Schuck as Capt. George Brackett, John DeMita as Cmdr. William Harbison and Ron Butler as Henry.

The company of islanders, officers, sailors, marines, soldiers and nurses will feature Katy Blake, Julie Dixon Jackson, Sylvia MacCalla, Carolanne Marano, Lauren Masiello, Shanon Mari Mills, Alice Rietveld, Lisaun Whittingham, Ron Butler, Paul A. Brown, Richard Bulda, Jay Donnell, Wilkie Ferguson, Jeremy Kocal, Chris Prinzo, James Patrick Reese, Tony Spinosa, Tim Talman, Quinn Van Antwerp, Sam Zeller, Irene Cho, Ren Hanami, Angelina Kalani Holliman and Theresa Nguyen.

The Mitch Hanlon Singers, under the direction of Hanlon, will also be part of the three concerts.

David Lee will direct South Pacific, set for Aug. 3 and 4 at 8:30 PM and Aug. 5 at 7:30 PM. Paul Gemignani is the musical director for the evenings, which will boast the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The creative team will also include Mark Esposito (choreography), Mitchell Hanlon (vocal director), Tom Ruzika (lighting design), Evan Bartoletti (scenic design), Kirk Graves (prop coordination) and Maggie Morgan (costume design).

Mitchell and McEntire previously performed the roles of de Becque and Forbush in a concert of the 1949 musical at Carnegie Hall. That evening was filmed and subsequently broadcast for PBS's "Great Performances" series and released on CD by Decca Broadway.

South Pacific features songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and was drawn from James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza co-starred in the original Broadway production, which boasted such classic songs as "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali H'ai" and "A Wonderful Guy." The first-ever Broadway revival is scheduled to arrive at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in February 2008.

The Hollywood Bowl is located in Hollywood, CA, at 2301 N. Highland Avenue. Tickets, priced $7-$147, are available by visiting www.hollywoodbowl.com.

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