Gilfry to Make South Pacific Tour Return Jan. 19

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Grammy-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry will reunite with the national tour of South Pacific beginning Jan. 19 in Melbourne, FL.
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Rod Gilfry Photo by Christian Steiner

Gilfry, who originated the role of Emile de Becque in the national tour of the Tony-winning revival, took leave from the production to star as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music for Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet, which ran through Jan. 3.

During his absence, David Pittsinger (a frequent Emile de Becque cover in the Broadway production of South Pacific) filled in at various stops along the tour. Pittsinger will rejoin the Broadway production during Tony Award winner Paulo Szot's absence Feb. 2-March 21.

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher recreated his work for the national tour of South Pacific which launched Sept. 18 in San Francisco.

The cast features Carmen Cusack (Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked) as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Anderson Davis (Lt. Cable), Matthew Saldivar (Luther Billis), Keala Settle (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).

The South Pacific ensemble features Christopher Carl, Eric L. Christian (from the Broadway production), Jacqueline Colmer, Jeremy Davis, Mike Evairste (from the Broadway production), Kate Fahrner, Nicholas Galbraith, Alexis G.B. Holt, Chad Jennings, Christopher Johnstone, Kristie Kerwin, Jodi Kimura, Cathy Newman, Diane Phelan, John Pinto Jr, Travis Robertson, Josh Rouah, Tally Sessions, Kristen J. Smith, Matt Stokes, Gregory Williams and Victor Wisehart. 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.

The latest tour schedule for South Pacific follows:

West Palm Beach, FL (Jan. 5-10, 2010 at the Kravis Center)
Tampa, FL (Jan. 12-17, 2010 at Tampa Bay PAC)
Melbourne, FL (Jan. 19-24, 2010 at the King Center)
Seattle, WA (Jan. 29-Feb. 21, 2010 at the 5th Avenue Theatre)
Lincoln, NE (Feb. 25-27, 2010 at the Lied Center)
San Antonio, TX (March 2-7, 2010 at the Majestic)
Houston, TX (March 9-21, 2010 at the Hobby Center)
Memphis, TN (March 23-28, 2010 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Fayetteville, AR (March 30-April 4, 2010 at the Walton Arts Center)
Atlanta, GA (April 6-11, 2010 at the Fox)
Schenectady, NY (April 14-18, 2010 at Proctors)
Hartford, CT (April 20-25, 2010 at the Bushnell)
East Lansing, MI (April 27-May 2, 2010 at the Wharton)
St. Paul, MN (May 4-16, 2010 at the Ordway)
Des Moines, IA (May 18-23, 2010 at the Civic Center)
Los Angeles, CA (May 27-July, 17, 2010 at the Ahmanson)
Denver, CO (July 20-Aug. 1 at the Denver Center)
Toronto, ON (Aug. 12-Sept. 15 at the Four Season Centre)

For tickets visit SouthPacificonTour.

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