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Pictured: Robert Cuccioli
Drury Lane Theatre has announced casting and staff for SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Victor Malana Maog with choreography by Otis Sallid and musical direction by Roberta Duchak.
Robert Cuccioli and Samantha Hill lead the cast as Emile de Becque and Ensign Nellie Forbush. Cuccioli is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Joseph Jefferson Award-winner for the title roles in JEKYLL AND HYDE. Hill opened the 2013 Broadway revival of LES MISÉRABLES as Cosette. The cast also includes Austin Colby (Lt. Joseph Cable), Yvonne Strumecki (Bloody Mary), Matt Crowle (Luther Billis), Elic Bramlett (Capt. George Brackett), Harter Clingman (Stewpot), Matthew Keffer (Cmdr. William Harbison), Sarah Lo (Liat), Sam Shankman (Professor), Hunter DiMailig (Jerome), Rika Nishikawa (Ngana), Miles S. Chong (Jerome alternate) and Rachel Cornille (Ngana alternate). The Ensemble includes Blair Beasley, Kayla Boye, Nathaniel Braga, Joe Capstick, Matt Casey, Erica Evans, John Gurdian, Ashley Lanyon, Rachel Osting, Brandon Pisano, Allie Pizzo, Peter Sipla, Erica Stephan, Patrick Michael Tierney and Denzel Tsopnang.
“It’s not every day that a theater is brave enough to go into the complexity of race, patriotism, and loss,” notes director Victor Malana Maog. “Our creative team knows both the sweeping enchantment and the realities of this story on many levels. Choreographer Otis Sallid has broken numerous barriers in entertainment, and I wanted his inventiveness, passion, and bravery to infuse the conversations around this groundbreaking musical. We understand the responsibility to the many voices, heard and unheard, in this musical. In our storytelling, we’ll highlight both the romance and some bitter truths.”
The creative team also includes: Scott Davis (Scenic Designer), Olivera Gajic (Costume Designer), Yael Lubetzky (Lighting Designer), Brian Elston (Assistant Lighting Designer), Ray Nardelli (Sound Designer), Cassy Schillo (Properties Designer), Claire Moores (Wig Designer), Sammi Grant (Dialect Coach), and Colin Funk (Assistant Dialect Coach). The Production Stage Manager is Larry Baker.
SOUTH PACIFIC runs April 5 – June 17, 2018.