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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Casting announced for the seven-time 2008 TONY AWARD (R) - WINNING LINCOLN CENTER THEATER production of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S SOUTH PACIFIC

directed by BARTLETT SHER
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Advance Sale for Tickets begins Saturday, February 6, 2010
Toronto (January 28, 2010) - Dancap Productions Inc. announces casting for the Toronto engagement of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein's prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher. Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC will play at theFour Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto from August 12 to September 5, 2010 as part of Dancap Productions' inaugural Summer Broadway Series.
The National Tour cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC will be led by Jason Howard as Emile de Becque and Carmen Cusack as Nellie Forbush, with 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, original 2008 Broadway cast member), Christina Carrera (Ngana) and CJ Palma (Jerome).
Welsh-born and Toronto-based, Jason Howard developed much of his classical repertoire with the Edmonton Opera where he recently portrayed the Dutchman in Wagner's Die Fliegende Holländer. He has also been performing with the Hamilton Opera since 1994 singing such roles as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Escamillo in Carmen. Other opera highlights include Capt. Brant in Mourning Becomes Electra at the Chicago Lyric, Seattle and New York City Operas; Germont in La Traviata at English National, Minnesota and New York City Operas; Marcello in La Bohème at Covent Garden, Geneva, Paris, Welsh National Opera, Toulouse; and Wotan in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Strasbourg.
Carmen Cusack, originally from Houston, Texas, spent the last two years playing Elphaba in Wicked (US National Tour, Chicago and Australia productions). Her many West End credits include Les Misérables (Fantine; UK, US and Shanghai), The Secret Garden (Rose; Royal Shakespeare Company), and The Phantom of the Opera (Christine; UK National Tour).
Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories bloom amidst the trappings of war, but then are threatened by the dangers of prejudice. The show's score includes such classic songs as Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, There is Nothin' Like A Dame, and A Wonderful Guy.
The lavish new production, presented by Bob Boyett and NETworks Presentations, features a cast of 34, musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra of 26 members - the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production, of which the majority will be local Toronto musicians - will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony Award®) and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.
Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, Dancap Productions Inc. (, is a commercial theatre company dedicated to producing and presenting the best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaboration with acclaimed artists and award-winning creative teams based in Toronto, Canada. Current and upcoming Broadway shows with producing and investment credits include: The Addams Family, Memphis, West Side Story, A Little Night Music and Come Fly Away. Past Broadway and international credits include: Wicked, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, [Title of Show], the Tony Award® winner In The Heights, and JERSEY BOYS; the Tony Award® winning show still playing on Broadway, the First National Tour, productions in Las Vegas, the West End, Melbourne and the long-running Dora Award-winner in Toronto.
The Seven-time 2008 TONY AWARD®-WINNING
directed by BARTLETT SHER
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
145 Queen Street West (at University Avenue -Osgoode subway)
August 12 to September 5, 2010
Opening Night: Sunday, August 15 @ 7:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:30pm o Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm
Ticket prices range from $28 - $200
Advance Sale for Tickets Begins Saturday, February 6, 2010
Order online at
or call 416.644.3665 or toll-free 1.866.950.7469


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