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Casting Announced for the Toronto Return of SOUTH PACIFIC

Date: 01/13/2011

"One hell of an enchanted evening!" -Toronto Star

Casting Announced for the Toronto return of
TONY AWARD®-WINNING LINCOLN CENTER THEATER Production of
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S
SOUTH PACIFIC
Directed by BARTLETT SHER
Presented by Dancap Productions Inc.
February 15 - April 10, 2011

 
Toronto, ON (January 13, 2011) Dancap Productions Inc., today announced casting for the return of the celebrated Lincoln Center Theater Production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein's prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC.  Lauded with unprecedented rave reviews and nightly standing ovations last summer, this engagement of SOUTH PACIFIC will play the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., from February 15 - April 10, 2011.

Renowned bass-baritone David Pittsinger will play the role of Emile de Becque from February 15 – March 6, due to the previously announced Jason Howard’s opera commitments in Europe. Best known in the world’s major opera houses, David Pittsinger played the role on Broadway (replacing Tony Award-winner Paulo Szot) and continued the role on tour where Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune called David Pittsinger’s Emile de Becque “charming, sincere and vocally-thrilling.” Toronto-based Jason Howard, currently in Germany performing Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca at Oper Frankfurt, will return home and play Emile de Becque from March 8 – April 10, 2011.

The acclaimed Carmen Cusack returns as Ensign Nellie Forbush.  The National Post glowed “Carmen Cusack gives a performance of Nellie that I doubt Mary Martin herself could have equaled and on which I cannot believe that anyone could improve.”

Also returning to Toronto are Jodi Kimura (Bloody Mary), Gerry Becker (Capt. Brackett), Peter Rini (Cmdr. Harbison), Sumie Maeda (Liat), Rusty Ross (Professor) and Genson Blimline (Stewpot, original 2008 Broadway cast member).  New to Toronto are Timothy Gulan (Luther Billis), Troi Zee (Ngana) and Luka Kain (Jerome).  The role of Lt. Joseph Cable will be announced at a later date.

"I’m honoured to be presenting not one, but two international opera stars to perform the role of Emile de Becque in this blockbuster musical,” said Aubrey Dan, President, Dancap Productions Inc. "The world's greatest opera singers are booked years in advance, so it is an extraordinary privilege to have both Jason Howard and David Pittsinger performing in Toronto in our triumphant return of SOUTH PACIFIC at the Toronto Centre for the Arts."

Called "a beautiful show to watch" and "a glorious show to hear" by the Toronto Sun, this lavish new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC swept the 2008 Tony Awards, winning seven honours including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher.  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.

SOUTH PACIFIC launches Dancap's 2011 Subscription Series that also features the Canadian premiere of five new musicals direct from Broadway.  In addition to SOUTH PACIFIC, Dancap's 2011 Subscription Series includes: 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, based on the hit film with music and lyrics by the incomparable Dolly Parton; NEXT TO NORMAL, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama and three 2009 Tony Awards and starring Best Actress winner Alice Ripley; COME FLY AWAY, Twyla Tharp's electrifying celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra; THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the creepy, kooky musical; and MEMPHIS, winner of the most awards in the 2009-2010 Broadway season including the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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. Current Broadway shows with producing and investment credits include: Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, and Memphis. Past Broadway and international credits include: West Side Story, Wicked, Come Fly Away, A Little Night Music, In The Heights, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, [Title of Show], Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Jersey Boys: the First National Tour, productions in Las Vegas, West End, Sydney and the recent record-breaking two-year run in Toronto.      
                 
Dancap Productions Inc. presents
The Seven-time 2008 TONY AWARD-WINNING
LINCOLN CENTER THEATER Production of
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S
SOUTH PACIFIC

Directed by BARTLETT SHER

Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
February 15 to April 10, 2011
Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:30pm • Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday @ 1:00pm

Ticket prices start from $35 (inclusive of all taxes and service charges)
Order online at www.DancapTickets.com or call 416.644.3665 or toll-free 1.866.950.7469

Save with groups of 12 or more: Call 416.644.3666 or toll free at 1.866.960.7469

For Dancap 2011 Subscription Series details or to order
visit  www.DancapTickets.com or call 416.644.3665 or toll-free 1.866.950.7469

Official tour website: www.SouthPacificOnTour.com

Jason Howard is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

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