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Lia Chang: Cathy Foy-Mahi Plays Bloody Mary in 2011-2012 National Tour of South Pacific

Cathy Foy-Mahi

Cathy Foy-Mahi

Cathy Foy-Mahi is featured as Bloody Mary in the NETworks Presentations’ new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific, which launches its national tour at the Boston Opera House, for one week only September 27 – October 2, 2011. Performances are Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Tickets start at $30, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster 1-800-982-2787, by visiting and at the box office of The Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street (Mon – Sat 10am to 6pm).

The cast of South Pacific stars Marcelo Guzzo as Emile de Becque, Katie Reid as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Shane Donovan as Lt. Joseph Cable, Cathy Foy-Mahi as Bloody Mary, Hsin Yu Liao as Liat and features Christian Marriner as Luther Billis, Robert John Biedermann as Capt. George Brackett, James Bould as Cmdr. William Harbison, Cole Bullock as Jerome, Jake Bridges as Professor, Judae’a Brown as Ngana and Erick Cheski. Hannah Isabel Bautista, Samantha Berman, James Erickson, Jay Frisby, Tripp Hampton, Sheldon Henry, Royce McIntosh, Andrew Mauney, Ben Mayne, Jessica Naimy, Ariel Padilla, Matt Patrick, Laura Pavles, Jenny Piersol, Rachek Rhodes-Devey, Michael Jayne Walker, Alex Pepper and Angela Travino round out the cast.

Hawaiian native Cathy Foy-Mahi’s favorite roles include Chah-Li in the original cast of the Off-broadway production of Song of Singapore starring Donna Murphy, Lady Thiang in King and I, Madame Liang in Flower Drum Song, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Mazeppa in Gypsy and Lilli in Kiss Me Kate. Her Film and TV credits include Battleship and “Lost” (ABC), “Hawaii 5-0” (CBS).

Calthy Foy-Mahi and Alexander Skarsgard on the set of Battleship.

Calthy Foy-Mahi and Alexander Skarsgard on the set of Battleship.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Considered by many as the finest musical ever written, the score’s most memorable songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

This breathtaking new production is based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.

For more information on the production, please visit or www.broadwayacrossamerica/boston.

Boston, MA
Sep 27 – Oct 2, 2011
Opera House

Baltimore, MD
Oct 4 – 9, 2011
Hippodrome Theatre

Jacksonville, FL
Oct 11 – 16, 2011
Moran Theater – Times Union Performing Arts Center

Wilmington, DE
Oct 18 – 23, 2011
DuPont Theatre

Morgantown, WV
Oct 24, 2011
Creative Arts

Sioux City, IA
Oct 26, 2011

Mason City, IA
Oct 27, 2011
North Iowa Community Auditorium

Milwaukee, WI
Oct 28 – 30, 2011
Milwaukee Theatre
8:00 p.m. Friday
2:00 & 8:00 p.m. Saturday
2:00 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $75.00, $63.00, $48.00, $33.00
Special Offers:
Opening night $75.00, $53.00, $38.00, $23.00
Seniors 62+ $75.00, $57.00, $43.50, $30.00
Military $75.00, $53.00, $38.00, $23.00

Grand Forks, ND
Nov 1, 2011
Chester Fritz Auditorium

Bismarck, ND
Nov 2, 2011
Civic Center

Ft. Collins, CO
Nov 4 – 6, 2011
Lincoln Center

Austin, TX
Nov 8 – 13, 2011
Bass Concert Hall

College Station, TX
Nov 14 – 15, 2011
OPAS at Texas A&M University

Oxford, MS
Nov 17, 2011
Gertrude Castellow Ford Center

Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 18, 2011
River Center Theater

Galveston, TX
Nov 19, 2011
The Grand 1894 Opera House

Orange, TX
Nov 20, 2011
Lutcher Theater

New Orleans, LA
Nov 29 – Dec 4, 2011
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Orlando, FL
Dec 6 – 11, 2011
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

Rockford, IL
Dec 13, 2011
Coronado Performing Arts Center

Evansville, IN
Dec 14, 2011
The Centre

Richmond, VA
Dec 16 – 17, 2011
Landmark Theater

Charleston, WV
Dec 18, 2011
Clay Center

Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 3 – 8, 2012
Capitol Theatre

Tempe, AZ
Jan 10 – 15, 2012
ASU Gammage

Bartlesville, OK
Jan 17, 2012
Bartlesville Community Center

Lawrence, KS
Jan 18, 2012
Lied Center

Albuquerque, NM
Jan 20 – 22, 2012

Bakersfield, CA
Jan 24, 2012
Rabobank Theater

San Luis Obispo, CA
Jan 25, 2012
Cal Poly Arts

Palm Desert, CA
Jan 27 – 29, 2012
McCallum Theatre

Nashville, TN
Feb 7 – 12, 2012
Tennessee Performing Arts Center

New Haven, CT
Mar 8 – 11, 2012
Shubert Theater

Syracuse, NY
Mar 20 – 22, 2012
Crouse-Hinds Theater

Clearwater, FL
Apr 6 – 7, 2012
Ruth Eckerd Hall

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Apr 10 – 22, 2012
Broward Center

Gainesville, FL
Apr 23, 2012
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Buffalo, NY
May 1 – 6, 2012
Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Worcester, MA
May 11 – 13, 2012
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Rochester, NY
May 15 – 20, 2012
Auditorium Theatre

For more information on the production, visit

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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