Final Leg of Tony-Winning South Pacific Tour Will Have Two Emile de Becques

News   Final Leg of Tony-Winning South Pacific Tour Will Have Two Emile de Becques
The Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific will conclude its U.S. national tour in Toronto, where audiences will have the chance to see both David Pittsinger and Jason Howard perform the role of French plantation owner Emile de Becque. 

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher recreated his work for the national tour of South Pacific which launched Sept. 18, 2009. The tour returns to Toronto Feb. 15-April 10 for its final stop.

Pittsinger, who played engagements throughout the Broadway run of South Pacific, currently stars as Emile de Becque on the tour. He will depart the production March 6, at which time Jason Howard (who previously appeared in the role on tour) will rejoin the company beginning March 8 and continue to April 10, the closing performance.

The principal cast also features Carmen Cusack (Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked) as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Anderson Davis (Lt. Cable), Timothy Gulan (Luther Billis), Jodi Kimura (Bloody Mary), Gerry Becker (Capt. Brackett), Peter Rini (Cmdr. Harbison), Sumie Maeda (Liat), Rusty Ross (Professor), Genson Blimline (Stewpot), Christina Carrera (Ngana) and CJ Palma (Jerome).

Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 World War II-set musical returned to Broadway via Lincoln Center Theater March 1, 2008, and officially opened April 3, 2008. It concluded its two-year Broadway run Aug. 22, 2010.

Originally conceived for the thrust stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the touring production has been reconfigured for the proscenium stage. Similar to the Broadway production, which employs a 30-piece orchestra, the touring production features 26 musicians, 4 of whom travel with the production, while 22 are hired locally. South Pacific earned seven 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Costumes, Best Lighting and Best Sound.

The production has musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Scott Lehrer.

For tickets visit SouthPacificonTour.

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