Editor's note: This corrects who will be playing Emile de Becque.
It may be rare, but sometimes landing a great part doesn't depend on who you know. Just ask Christopher Johnstone.
Johnstone has performed in operatic works like "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Rape of Lucretia," as well as being a soloist for the Boston Pops and other orchestral performances.
Despite having a background much heavier in operatic and classical vocal performance than musical theater, the baritone ended up with a part in the touring production of the renowned revival of "South Pacific" following a routine open call in New York City.
In fact, Johnstone said he wasn't even very familiar with "South Pacific" prior to auditioning.
"I just knew it was a classic show, and I knew a few of the songs from it and that it was successful on Broadway," he said. "I had seen it once with Robert Goulet; that was pretty much it. Once I got called back, I went to see it and listened to the recording. I got more and more excited once I realized what a tour de force it was."