New Jersey Stage

Friday, August 26, 2011

South Pacific to play at Count Basie Theatre and Strand Center for the Arts

Phoenix Productions, the award-winning community theatre organization, will present the hit Broadway musical, South Pacific, for two weekends at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, and one weekend at the Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Performances will begin September 16th and conclude October 1st.

Fresh from a Tony award-winning run at Lincoln Center, this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. South Pacific is a heartwarming tale of love and romance, war and racial tolerance, and laughter and liveliness. The score is full of memorable, timeless tunes such as "Younger than Springtime", "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair", "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy", and - of course - "Some Enchanted Evening".

The Phoenix Productions revival features a cast of 36 local performers led by Samantha Penick of North Brunswick as Nellie Forbush, the "cock-eyed optimist", and Martin Grubman of Monmouth Beach as Emile de Becque, the charming French man with a dark past. The supporting cast includes Brielle Cotelo of Toms River as Liat, Anthony Marone of Freehold as Lieutenant Cable, Todd Aikens of Long Branch as Billis, and Tammy McKillip of West Allenhurst as Bloody Mary. This production also features a complete set, full costumes, and a live orchestra. 

At the Count Basie Theatre, performances are September 16th, 17th, and 18th, and the following weekend, September 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. At the Strand Center for the Arts, two final performances will take place on October 1st at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets, priced at $20 to $29, can be ordered by phone at 732-747-0014.

Phoenix Productions, founded in 1987, is a non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank that has produced more than 100 revivals of hit Broadway musicals. More information is available at