The Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific has announced more casting for the show.
Directed by Chichester artistic director Daniel Evans, this joyous musical plays Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 27 July to 28 August 2022.
Already announced are lead cast members Julian Ovenden asEmile de Becque and Gina Beck asEnsign Nellie Forbush.
Joining them will be fellow cast members from the original Chichester production – Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat.
Rob Houchen’s West End credits include Les Misérables in the West End, City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre, Godspell in Concert at The Lyric Theatre and Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket and now the Charing Cross Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Light in the Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall, Eugenius! at The Other Palace and Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre.
Joanna Ampil’s West End credits include ‘Kim’ in Miss Saigon, ‘Mary Magdalene’ in Jesus Chris Superstar, ‘Eponine’, and ‘Fantine’ in Les Misérables , ‘Grizabella’ in Cats, ‘Christmas Eve’ in Avenue Q and ‘Sheila Franklin’ in Hair. Her other theatre credits include ‘Mimi’ in the European Tour of Rent, ‘Thanh’ in the World Premiere of The Real Love in Los Angeles and ‘Maria’ in West Side Story, ‘Maria Von Trapp’ in The Sound of Music, ‘Jenna’ in Waitress and ‘Nellie Forbush’ in South Pacific in Concert, all in Manila.
Sera Maehara’s theatre and dance credits include Warrior Queens at Sadler’s Wells, Qualms directed by Julia Cheng, Carmen for Dance Marche and as a soloist for the Roussewaltz Dance Company and Junior Associate Artist for Fabula Collective, directed by Yukiko Tsukamoto. Her film and television credits include ‘Kaede’ in Kid That Never Fell and ‘Mayu Huruta’ in Pakodate Jin.
The show features many of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most memorable tunes including “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”.
South Pacific is directed by Daniel Evans, with set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, and choreography and movement direction from Ann Yee. The Musical Supervisor is Nigel Lilley, Musical Director is Cat Beveridge and new orchestration is by David Cullen, with original Broadway orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett. The lighting designer is Howard Harrison, sound designer is Paul Groothuis, video designer is Gillian Tan, additional arrangements and Happy Talk orchestration is by Theo Jamieson, casting director is Charlotte Sutton CDG and additional children’s casting by Verity Naughton. The show is produced by Jamie Wilson, Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Gavin Kalin.
South Pacific at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London