The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific,” a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22-27.
A love story for the ages, “South Pacific” features some of the most beautiful music ever composed for theater. Love transcends both the harsh realities of war and social stereotypes in this sweeping tale that won a Pulitzer Prize and 10 Tony Awards. The lush score includes the musical favorites “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Ha’I,” “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.”
In the Music Circus production of “South Pacific,” the role of Nellie Forbush will be played by Music Circus veteran Beth Malone, who originated the role of June Carter Cash in the Broadway production of “Ring of Fire” and recently originated the role of Alison in the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway musical “Fun Home,” a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Playing Emile de Becque is Broadway veteran John Cudia, who holds the honor of being the only actor to have performed as both the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” on Broadway.
Armelia McQueen, who returns to reprise the role of Bloody Mary at Music Circus, made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning show “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and is now a veteran of the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen.
Reprising the role of Lt. Joseph Cable at Music Circus will be Eric Kunze, whose Broadway credits include “Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon” and “Damn Yankees” and who has appeared in a number of Music Circus productions including Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Evita,” “Whistle Down the Wind” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Tickets for “South Pacific” range from $35 to $80, and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at Tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.