South Pacific

Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener

July 23, 24m, 27, 29, 30m | 2016


The 2016 summer season concludes with South Pacific, an ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival.

South Pacific tells two love stories, both threatened by prejudice and war, during the American occupation of a beautiful island oasis. Sharin Apostolou (Glimmerglass Festival, Portland Opera) returns to Ash Lawn Opera for a second consecutive year following her triumphant portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (2015) as the plucky but naive Nellie Forbush. Her character falls in love with the dashing Emile de Becque, played by Corey Crider (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arizona Opera).  They are joined by Timothy McDevitt (New York Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Opera) as the courageous Lt. Cable and Daryl Freedman (Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera) as the enigmatic Bloody Mary. Andy Anderson, former Artistic Director of Mobile Opera, returns to Ash Lawn Opera for a second consecutive year to conduct. John de los Santos (Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera), whose staging of The Rose and the Knife with LoftOpera was named among the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by the New York Times, also returns to Ash Lawn Opera  as Stage Director/Choreographer.

Featuring some of the greatest songs in musical theater history, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy," and "A Cockeyed Optimist,” this remarkable production will stay with you for years to come.

Schedule & Tickets

July 23 at 7:30 pm - $25, $50, $65, $75
July 24 at 2:00 pm - $25, $50, $65, $75
July 27 at 7:30 pm - $25, $45, $60, $70 (mid-week discount)
July 29 at 7:30 pm - $25, $50, $65, $75
July 30 at 2:00 pm - $25, $50, $65, $75

For all performances, Youth (12 and under) $12 and Students (with I.D.) $16.50
Single tickets for the summer season on sale April 4.
Tickets available at The Paramount Theater Box Office, open 10 am - 2pm, weekdays
(434) 979-1333 |

All ticket holders are invited to an educational and enlightening lecture 45 minutes before every performance.

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Nellie Forbush Sharin Apostolou
Emile de Becque Corey Crider
Bloody Mary Daryl Freedman
Lt. Joseph Cable Timothy McDevitt
Luther Billis Clayton Brown

Artistic Team

Conductor Andy Anderson
Stage Director John de los Santos
Director of Production
and Scenic Designer
Adam Liston
Costume Designer Shon LeBlanc
Hair/Makeup Designer Karman Boisset
Lighting Designer Jim McHugh
Assistant Director
and Choreographer
Staci Arriaga
Assistant Conductor Joel Ayau/td>

2016 Summer Orchestra