Josh Young joins the cast of ‘South Pacific’ at the Muny Theatre

Josh Young.

Josh Young.

Fans will be happy to hear that Josh Young is returning the stage, as he prepares to join the cast of South Pacific at The Muny for its 95th season. He will be playing the role of Lt. Joseph Cable, a young marine who falls in love with the Tonkinese girl Liat. This production of South Pacific will be directed by Rob Ruggiero, who has directed productions of Carousel and Show Boat to critical acclaim.

Young, who has previously played the roles of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Marius in Les Misérables is a versatile young actor, and was nominated for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” at the Tony Awards in 2012 for his portrayal of Judas. His voice brings a slightly more classical touch to Broadway, and his albums show how flexible and talented he is as a performer.

Many have been speculating about the ‘exciting news’ that Young has tweeted about, and although this seemed to be the answer, Josh later tweeted a fan that this is not his big news, but that he is excited about it – as am I. Young will be joined by another of my all-time favorite performers, Laura Michelle Kelly, who previously performed in The Muny’s 2012 production of The King and I, and will be portraying Nellie in South Pacific. Joining them will be Ben Davis as Emile, Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary and Sumie Maeda as Liat.

I’ve always wanted to see Kelly and Young perform alongside each other, and I have previously dream casted them as Prince Topher and Ella in Cinderella. However, I believe that South Pacific is the perfect musical for this combination of theatre powerhouses.

Rodgers and Hammerstein are probably my favorite duo when it comes to musical theatre, and South Pacific is a beautiful musical which sends a strong message about racial prejudice. The musical has been a huge success around the world, and the recent 2008 revival featuring Kelli O’Hara, Laura Osnes, Paulo Szot and Matthew Morrison received rave reviews, and seven Tony awards. I can see The Muny’s production receiving a similar amount of success, especially with such a stellar cast.

Although this is not the exciting news that fans have been waiting for him to announce, many will be happy to hear that he is taking to the stage again, especially after hearing that he will not be portraying the role of Fabrizio in The Shaw Festival’s production of The Light in the Piazza.

Tickets for The Muny’s production of South Pacific will be available at 9 am on June 1.

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