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South Pacific

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama

(Boiling Springs, PA) Allenberry Playhouse proudly presents Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's prize-winning musical South Pacific, directed by Ryan Gibbs, from July 22 through August 30.

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.

"What is summertime without Rodgers & Hammerstein? Our audience loves the classics and the classics don't get better than South Pacific.," said Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs. "Allenberry is built on the idea of families and multi-generations coming to the theatre. South Pacific is a perfect show for your group or family; it's beautifully written, its themes are timely and it's the perfect show to introduce your family who has never seen a show before to live theatre. We can only bring these special shows around every decade or so- don't miss South Pacific before it goes back into the archives for another 15 years."

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."

The cast features Katie Sexton (Off-Broadway: Angelina Ballerina; Allenberry's Oklahoma!) as Nellie Forbush, Andy Lebon (National Tour: Oklahoma!) as Emile de Beque, Laura Yen Solito as Bloody Mary (NY City Center Encores! Kismet), Jack O'Brien (National Tour: Ghost) as Lt. Joseph Cable, Viveca Chow (Liat), Dennis Setteducati as Luther Billis (National Tour: Anything Goes), Rachel Yeager (Ngana), Christian Yeager (Jerome), Joe O'Malley (Stewpot), Craig Treubert (National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone) as Commander Harbison, and Jeff March (National Tour: Church Basement Ladies) as Captain George Brackett. The ensemble Alex Acevedo, Jackson Bartelme, Kelley Hertzler, Lorel Holt, Oren Korenblum, TJ Lamando, Dave Mancuso, Sean Ormand, Matthew Oster, Julia Palladino, Drew Patti, Caitlen Patton, Jordan Sharp, Daniela Sottile, and Nathan Willey.

Choreographed by Dann Dunn, with music direction by Harrison Beck. South Pacific is designed by Andre Valsing (sets), Kurt Alger (costumes), Ryan Gibbs (lighting), Adam Bates (sound). Tara Kelly is production stage manager.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific premiered at the Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949 and went on to enjoy a five year 1,925 performance run, winning countless awards including nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joshua Logan directed the 1958 film that starred Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi. In 2008 Lincoln Center Theater presented a new production of the musical classic, directed by Bartlett Sher which won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival. PBS Great Performances broadcast South Pacific in concert with country star Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Live from Lincoln Center broadcast (with Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot) with a performance of the 2008 revival prior to its closing.

Historical Note: Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse opened July 2, 1949. South Pacific has been presented at Allenberry in 1968, 1978, 1990, and 2000.

South Pacific plays Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Tue., Wed., Thur. & Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $38, with special prices for students and children. Dinner/Theatre packages are $59 matinees, $63 evenings. For tickets call (717) 258-3211 or (800) 430-5468. The Allenberry Playhouse is located at 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.

The Fantasticks
The World's Longest-Running Musical
September 2 – October 4
Directed by Ryan Gibbs
The Fantasticks features (center) TJ Lamando (Matt) and Julia Paladino (Luisa),
and Craig Treubert (Hucklebee), Andy Lebon (El Gallo) and Jeff March (Bellomy)

(Boiling Springs, PA) Allenberry Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs, is proud to present a new production of the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, a captivating romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. Based on the tale Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand, The Fantasticks features music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones. The memorable score includes "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "They Were You," and the beloved hit, "Try to Remember."

The Fantasticks runs September 2 through October 4 on the Allenberry Mainstage, with an official opening on September 3 at 7:30pm.

The Fantasticks will be directed by Ryan Gibbs, choreographed by Elizabeth Angelozzi (A Diva to Die For, The Christmas Campaign). Andy Hudson is musical director.

The Fantasticks features TJ Lamando and Julia Paladino (both 2013 Wagner College Theatre graduates) as the young lovers Matt and Luisa. Andy Lebon (Allenberry's South Pacific; national tour of Oklahoma!) is El Gallo, the Narrator. Hucklebee, the Boy's Father is played by Craig Treubert (Allenberry: Damn Yankees; National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone) and Jeff March (National Tour: Church Basement Ladies) plays Bellomy, the Girl's Father. Richard Easley (Broadway: Oh, Calcutta!) plays Henry, and Charles Baran (Off-Broadway: The Cradle Will Rock) plays Mortimer.

Allenberry is pleased to announce that Richard Easley, Allenberry's long time character man from 1978 to 2005 is returning after a 10 year absence. Allenberry fans will remember him from such hits as Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Modern Major General in The Pirates of Penzance and No, No, Nanette. Richard appeared in the final production that Allenberry produced under its original 56 season agreement with Actor's Equity Association. We are thrilled to have him back now that we once again have a full agreement with AEA.

The Fantasticks is designed by Darcy Bert (sets), Ryan Gibbs (lighting), Kurt Alger (costumes), and Adam Bates (sound). Tara Kelly is production stage manager.

"Once in a while a show comes under your nose that is completely driven by the charm of a journey. Our Fantasticks is going to be unlike any version you have seen," said Ryan Gibbs. "We are retelling the story in a bright way that will showcase all of the charm that has made the show stay in our hearts for over 50 years. Many other musicals show us what it's like to fall in love, only The Fantasticks makes us remember how to fall in love."

"Allenberry is proud to announce that the scenic production of The Fantasticks will go green by working with The Broadway Green Initiative, said Ryan Gibbs. The Fantasticks will be a sustainable fully produced set using a variety of recycled and sustainable materials sourced locally. Allenberry has begun to implement building practices and waste management in the scene shop. We're hoping audiences will be inspired to use their imagination, for example the shop we're using plastic bottles to create a garden of flowers, a life size tree made entirely from recycled plastics along with everyday objects to create interesting textures and environment on stage."

The Fantasticks original cast featured Jerry Orbach and Rita Gardner, opening Off-Broadway at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960. After 42 years, the production closed on January 13, 2002 after 17,162 performances. In 1992, The Fantasticks was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. In 2007, the musical was revived in New York at the Jerry Orbach Theater and is still playing, with over 20,000 performances.

In addition to The Fantasticks, book writer and lyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt have created the musicals 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!, Celebration, Philemon, Mirette, Collette Collage, Grover's Corners, Roadside, and The Show Goes On.

The Fantasticks plays Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Tue., Wed., Thur. & Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $38, with special prices for students and children. Dinner/Theatre packages are $59 matinees, $63 evenings. For tickets call (717) 258-3211 or (800) 430-5468. The Allenberry Playhouse is located at 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.

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