The Asolo Repertory will open its 2014-15 season in November and continue its series exploring the American Character with a production of the 1949 Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific. Known as much for its musical score and story as it is for its progressive social awareness, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has brought great talent to town, including Kelly Felthous, previously Glinda in the Wicked national tour, as Nellie Forbush and Anthony Festa, who recently starred in a West End production of West Side Story, as Lt. Joseph Cable.
Loretta Ables-Sayre also returns as Bloody Mary, the role she played in the Lincoln Center revival for which she received a Tony nomination.
Preceded by 1776 in 2012 and Show Boat in 2013, South Pacific brings the American Character series up to World War II and America’s struggle with racism in a changing world. Actor Ben Davis returns to the series after last season’s Show Boat, as does director Rob Ruggiero, who feels the show to be a fitting addition.