By Wayne Harada
There is life after Broadway, for Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre, and it’s in London.
Ables Sayre, who earned a Tony nomination as Featured Actress in a Musical two years ago, will recreate her Bloody Mary role in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” when it makes its European premiere at London’s Barbican Theatre Aug. 23 through Oct. 1. Previews begin Aug. 15.
The musical also will launch a national tour, visiting Milton Keynes, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Oxford and Southampton, with additional dates to be added. Ables Sayre is expected to be in part of the tour.
The announcement was made yesterday in London, with the theater website, www.playbill.com, reporting the European tour.
The show, which marked the Islander’s Broadway debut, will feature Paulo Szot, who will reprise his Tony Award-winning performance as Emile de Becque, sharing the role with Jason Howard, Welsh National Opera performer, who takes the lead Aug. 29 through Sept. 21. So it will be a reunion with Szot for Ables Sayre, the only other Broadway lead booked in the UK tour.
Samantha Womack will portray Nellie Forbush, Daniel Koek will be Lt. Joe Cable, and Alex Ferns will be Luther Billis.
Essentially, the creative team of the Lincoln Center production on Broadwa led by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher, is recreating the show, produced at the Barbican Centre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.
The national tour begins Oct. 12.