"Some Enchanted Evening" with David Pittsinger

October 27, 2009 Make a return trip to an island paradise when South Pacific rolls into Chicago as part of a National Tour. David Pittsinger stars as the handsome Emile and Carmen Cusack shines as the spunky Nellie, who washes that man right out of her hair, when the Tony Award-winning musical plays the Rosemont Theatre during Thanksgiving week.

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.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples -- US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat -- and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score's songs include such classics as "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothin' Like A Dame," "This Nearly Was Mine" and "A Wonderful Guy."

South Pacific is one of the world's most beloved musicals and the revival at the Lincoln Center in New York won swept the 2008 Tony Awards®, winning seven honors including Best Musical Revival and Best Director. The production is still selling-out at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in an open-ended run on Broadway.

Chicago audiences will see the touring cast of 34, led by internationally renowned bass-baritone Pittsinger, who most recently portrayed Angelotti in "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera, and Cusack (www.carmencusack.net) who played Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked. The Cast also includes Anderson Davis (Lt. Cable), Matthew Saldivar (Luther Billis), Keala Settle (Bloody Mary), Gerry Becker (Capt. Brackett), Peter Rini (Cmdr. Harbison), Sumie Maeda (Liat), Rusty Ross (Professor), original 2008 Broadway cast member Genson Blimline (Stewpot), Christina Carrera (Ngana) and CJ Palma (Jerome).

The ensemble will include Christopher Carl, Eric L. Christian (from the Broadway production), Jacqueline Colmer, Mike Evairste (from the Broadway production), Kate Fahrner (from the Chicago cast of Wicked), Nicholas Galbraith, Alexis G.B. Holt, Chad Jennings, Christopher Johnstone, Kristie Kerwin, Jodi Kimura, Joe Langworth, Maxine Linehan, Diane Phelan, John Pinto Jr, Travis Robertson, Josh Rouah, Tally Sessions, Kristen J. Smith, Matt Stokes, Gregory Williams and Victor Wisehart.

The lavish new production features musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra of 26 members – the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production – will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony Award®) and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.

South Pacific will play the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, for a limited one-week engagement from November 24 through November 29. Tickets are available at the Rosemont Theater Box office at 847-671-5100 or www.RosemontTheatre.com . Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Groups of 15 or more, call GroupTix at 877-447-7849.

For more information on the production, visit www.SouthPacificOnTour.com. Become a fan on Facebook (South Pacific on Tour).


DAVID PITTSINGER (Emile de Becque) Broadway: South Pacific (Lincoln Center). Metropolitan Opera: Tosca (also live HD cinemacast), Don Carlo, Rake's Progress, Giulio Cesare, La Bohème, The Magic Flute. NYCO: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Orlando (Zoroastro). U.S. & International credits include: Don Quichotte (Don Quichotte/Vienna, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires), Tosca (Scarpia/FGO), Nozze di Figaro (Count/La Opera) Faust (Mephistopheles/L'Arena Sferisterio, L'Opera de Montreal), Mefistofele (Mefistofele/I Solisti Veneti, Pittsburgh), Rake's Progress (Nick Shadow/Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Bordeaux,), Carmen (Escamillo/Montpellier, Santa Fe). Orchestral appearance include: Vienna Philharmonic,, Salzburg Festival, Dresden Festival, NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, ENO, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra. Discography includes: Charles Ives Songs, La Calisto, Carlisle Floyd's Susanna. Awards: "Artist of the Year" Awards from NYCO and Pittsburgh Opera. MM: Yale.


Chicagoans who purchase tickets now through October 29 for any of the eight performances of South Pacific at the Rosemont Theatre will receive a complimentary gift certificate to dine at Gibsons Steakhouse in Rosemont. Participants must use special offer code GIBSONS when purchasing tickets online or at the box office. Complete show schedule is below. Gibsons Gift Certificate can be used anytime through March 31, 2010.

Here's the Ticket/Gift Certificate Deal:

  • Purchase TWO tickets, receive a $25 Gift Certificate (good on food/ drinks purchases of $50 or more *)
  • Purchase FOUR tickets, receive a $50 Gift Certificate (good on food/drink purchases of $100 or more*)
  • Purchase SIX tickets, receive a $75 Gift Certificate (good on food/drink purchases of $150 or more*)
  • Purchase EIGHT tickets, receive a $100 Gift Certificate (good on food/drink purchases of $200 or more *)

* does NOT include tax or gratuity

Through Thursday, October 29

Tickets are available on line at www.RosemontTheatre.com, through www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Rosemont Theatre Box office.

Mention or enter code GIBSONS

Restrictions: Offer not valid with any other discount offers for South Pacific or Gibsons. Gift certificate is good at Gibsons Rosemont location only. Valid for parties up to 8 people only. Not valid for groups. Offer valid on tickets purchased through October 29 only.

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