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Koek and Sayre in South Pacific at the Barbican

Monday, 18th Apr 2011  

More Actors Join the Now-Confirmed Samantha Womack in the Broadway Transfer directed by Bartlett Sher

Last month it was confirmed that “South Pacific”, which had appeared at the Lincoln Center in New York under the direction of Bartlett Sher, would be transferring to the Barbican Theatre in London. Back then it was rumoured that Samantha Womack would be appearing in the production and that Sher would return to the director’s chair once the show had made the journey across the Atlantic.

These rumours have now been confirmed thanks to Baz at the Daily Mail, who confirms Womack’s role as Nellie Forbush and Bartlett Sher’s role as the director of the production.
He also adds that Daniel Coek will be portraying Lt Cable and Loretta Ables Sayre will be playing Bloody Mary.

Daniel Koek is best known to audiences for appearing in the UK touring version of “Chess” – the musical from ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson – and he also appeared in “South Pacific” when it was staged at the Lincoln Center in New York. Other roles on this side of the Atlantic include “Jason and the Argonauts” and various solo concerts – with a debut album also hitting the shelves in recent years.

Meanwhile, Loretta Ables Sayre made her Broadway debut with “South Pacific” back when it opened in 2007. Her career has also seen her appear in various live shows in Hawaii, where she worked as a jazz artist in hotels, as well as various television appearances. Her role in “South Pacific”, however, earned her great acclaim and as a result she was nominated for a Tony Award in 2008.

With “South Pacific”, London theatre audiences get to witness the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that is a favourite amongst musical theatre fans around the world. It tells the story of couples stationed away from home as the Second World War takes its toll on the Pacific, with a group of people coming together on a distant island to put on a musical extravaganza. Amongst the characters is Nellie Forbush, who falls in love with a French plantation owner, plus the likes of Lt. Cable and Bloody Mary.

South Pacific is set to appear at the Barbican Theatre from Friday 12th August 2011 to Saturday 1st October 2011. A national tour is then set to follow.

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