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Photo Exclusive: South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre starring Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot

August 22, 2011 

Exclusive production photos of South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre starring Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot.

Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot in South Pacific. Photo: Roy Tan

Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot in South Pacific. Photo: Roy Tan

This month sees the London opening of the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The show is directed by Bartlett Sher and plays at the Barbican Theatre until 1 October 2011.

TV and stage star Samantha Womack takes the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the production. Womack has starred in numerous stage and TV projects including Grease and Guys and Dolls in the West End and is currently playing Ronnie Branning in EastEnders.

The cast also includes a number of stars from Sher’s original Broadway production including Brazilian opera baritone Paulo Szot as plantation owner Emile De Becque and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary. Daniel Koek, who has recently starred as Anatoly in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Chess, will play Lt Cable.

The Lincoln Center Theater production is credited with breathing new life into this classic musical and won 7 Tony Awards and ran for 2 years on Broadway.

Set during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Songs include Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

With sets by Michael Yeargan and musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, the show feature a cast of 40 and a live orchestra of 25 and plays for only 7 weeks at the Barbican.

Photos by Roy Tan.

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SAMANTHA WOMACK in South Pacific

June 5, 2011 

EastEnders actress Samantha Womack stars in the Tony award-winning production of South Pacific

SAMANTHA WOMACK in South PacificThis summer Samantha Womack will play Nellie Forbush in the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of South Pacific.

The role marks a return to theatre by Samantha, whose previous stage credits include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Grease and the Donmar production in the West End of Guys and Dolls, playing Adelaide.

Her TV work includes playing Ronnie Branning in EastEnders, Babes in the Wood, Game On and recently featuring in Famous, Rich and in the Slums with Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon and Reggie Yates for Comic Relief.

Samantha Womack stars in the London transfer of the award-winning Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. The show opens at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August 2011 and also stars Paulo Szot, Loretta Ables Sayre and Daniel Koek.

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PAULO SZOT in South Pacific

April 27, 2011 

Tony award-winning baritone Paulo Szot stars in South Pacific

PAULO SZOT in South Pacific

Lucky London. Paulo Szot, who is one of the most exciting voices in international opera, will reprise his Tony award-winning performance as Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific this summer.

He will be recreating the role of the French plantation owner at the Barbican Centre in London, where the production will run for a limited season of 7 weeks only from 15 August to 1 October.

Last year, Paulo made a triumphant Metropolitan Opera debut in their new production of Shostakovich’s The Nose. His appearances with the New York City Opera include L’Elisir d’Amore, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Carmen.

Paulo Szot stars in the London transfer of the award-winning Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. The show opens at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August 2011 and also stars Samantha Womack, Loretta Ables Sayre and Daniel Koek.

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LORETTA ABLES SAYRE in South Pacific

April 26, 2011 

Loretta Ables Sayre reprises her acclaimed role of Bloody Mary in the Tony award-winning production of South Pacific

LORETTA ABLES SAYRE in South Pacific

Loreta Ables Sayre’s previous credits include numerous theatre, concert, TV and voiceover work in her home state of Hawaii. Theatre includes You Somebody (Diamond Head Theatre), Effie in Dreamgirls (Hawaii Theatre), Song of the Navigator (Honolulu Theatre for Youth and US and Australia tour),

Concerts include the opening act for the Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, James Brown and the Four Tops.

TV credits include Beyond the Break (Nickelodeon), North Shore (Fox), Hawaii (NBC), Baywatch Hawaii, Byrds of Paradise”(ABC), and the voice of PBS Hawaii.

Loretta Ables Sayre stars in the London transfer of the award-winning Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. The show opens at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August 2011 and also stars Samantha Womack, Paulo Szot and Daniel Koek.

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Samantha Womack And Paulo Szot To Star In The Most Acclaimed Production Ever Of Rodgers And Hammerstein’s South Pacific

April 21, 2011 

WINNER OF SEVEN TONY AWARDS THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRODUCTION OF “SOUTH PACIFIC” HAS ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE BARBICAN CENTRE, LONDON OPENING ON 23 AUGUST BEFORE EMBARKING ON A NATIONWIDE TOUR

‘Rapturous and revelatory!’ New York Times
‘Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn’t just float; it soars!’ USA Today
‘The best Rodgers and Hammerstein in a generation’ Washington Post

Paulo Szot, who has recently emerged as one of the most exciting voices in opera and who won a Tony for his performance as Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater (Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) production of SOUTH PACIFIC, will be recreating the role of the French plantation owner at the Barbican Centre in London, where the production will run for a limited season of 7 weeks only from 15 August to 1 October, with an opening night on 23 August. Last year, Paulo made a triumphant Metropolitan Opera debut in their new production of Shostakovich’s The Nose. His appearances with the New York City Opera include L’Elisir d’Amore, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Carmen. He will be sharing the role of Emile with Welsh National Opera star Jason Howard.

Joining them will be Samantha Womack in the role of Nellie Forbush. This marks a return to theatre by Samantha. Her previous credits on stage include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and the Donmar production in the West End of Guys and Dolls (as Adelaide). Most recently, she was seen on BBC 1 in Famous, Rich and in the Slums with Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon and Reggie Yates for Comic Relief. Also starring in the Barbican run of SOUTH PACIFIC will be Daniel Koek, (following his acclaimed performance as Tony in the recent hit production of West Side Story), as Lt Joe Cable, Alex Ferns (Nathan Detroit in Donmar’s Guys and Dolls), as Luther Billis, and Loretta Ables Sayre reprising her Lincoln Center Tony-nominated performance of Bloody Mary.

Metropolitan Opera’s Bartlett Sher’s hailed production of SOUTH PACIFIC reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years and is currently selling out across North America. This was the first Broadway production the Rodgers & Hammerstein Estate had allowed to be staged since the musical originally opened in 1949 and ran for almost five years. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Bali Ha’i, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, Younger than Springtime, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences.
Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 25, this is a ravishing and breathtaking production, which is brought to the UK by the entire Lincoln Center creative team, led by director Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical direction by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett.

The nationwide tour opens on 12 October in Milton Keynes. Full details below.

The Lincoln Center Theater production of SOUTH PACIFIC is produced at the Barbican Centre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.

For further details, please visit www.southpacificonstage.com.

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Dates and times: Monday 15 August – Saturday 1 October, Mondays – Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm (not Thursday 18 August)
Performance dates for Paulo Szot & Jason Howard: Paulo Szot – 15-27 August, 22 September – 1 October; Jason Howard – 29 August – 21 September
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Press performance: 23 August at 7.30pm
Tickets: £15-£85
Barbican box office: 0845 120 7550, open 10.00am–8.00pm Monday–Saturday; 11.00am–8.00pm Sundays and Bank Holidays; www.barbican.org.uk/bite

NATIONWIDE TOUR

12-22 October MILTON KEYNES THEATRE,
Mon – Sat 7.30pm www.ambassadortickets.com/miltonkeynes
Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 7652

25 October- 5 November PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Mon – Sat 7.30pm www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk
Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 847 2275

8-19 November THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Mon-Sat 7.30pm www.ambassadortickets.com/glasgow
Thur & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 7647

22 November- 3 December BRISTOL HIPPODROME
Mon – Sat 7.30pm www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk
Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 3012

6 December – 31 December NEW THEATRE OXFORD
Mon-Sat 7.30pm www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk
Tue, Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 847 1585

17 January- 4 February THE MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON
Mon – Sat 7.30pm www.mayflower.org.uk
Thu & Sat 2.00pm Box Office: 02380 711811

Further dates to be announced.

Release issued by: Amanda Malpass Media

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Cast announced for South Pacific at the Barbican: Samantha Womack to star

April 15, 2011 

Casting has been announced for the London transfer of the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. The show will open at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August 2011.

Loretta Ables Sayre and company of the Broadway production of South Pacific

Loretta Ables Sayre and company of the Broadway production of South Pacific

TV and stage star Samantha Womack will take the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the production. Womack has starred in numerous stage and TV projects including Grease and Guys and Dolls in the West End and is currently playing Ronnie Branning in EastEnders.

The cast will also include a number of stars from Sher’s original Broadway production including Brazilian opera baritone Paulo Szot as plantation owner Emile De Becque and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary. Daniel Koek, who has recently starred as Anatoly in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Chess, will play Lt Cable.

The Lincoln Center Theater production is credited with breathing new life into this classic musical and won 7 Tony Awards and ran for 2 years on Broadway.

Set during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Songs include Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

With sets by Michael Yeargan and musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, the show feature a cast of 40 and a live orchestra of 25 and plays for only 7 weeks at the Barbican.

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Book tickets to South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre in London

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