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South Pacific

South Pacific

by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

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South Pacific

South Pacific




A classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book "Tales of the South Pacific."


Story:

Nellie, a nurse on a Pacific Island during WWII, falls in love with de Becque, a local planter. However, when she learns he is a widower with two half-caste children, she cannot accept the situation. Meanwhile, Cable falls in love with a Polynesian girl named Liat. Cable and de Bacque go off together on a spy mission and the two women wait in hope of their return.


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Composer

Composer
Richard Rodgers

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
Oscar Hammerstein II



  • Premiere
  • 1955
  • 2008
  • 1958 Film
  • 2001 TV

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Majestic Theatre, Broadway Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 7, 1949
Total Performances
1,925
Original Cast
Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Juanita Hall, Myron McCormick, Betta St. John, Harvey Stephens, William Tabbert, Martin Wolfson, Mardi Bayne, Evelyn Colby, Sandra Deel, Bill Dwyer, Dickinson Eastham, Don Fellows, Jacqueline Fisher, Jack Fontan, Alan Gilbert, Thomas Gleason, Jim Hawthorne, Richard Loo, Roslynd Lowe, Barbara Luna, Biff McGuire, Gloria Meli, Henry Michel, Pat Northrop, Fred Sadoff, Bernice Saunders, Archie Savage, Helena Schurgot, Richard Silvera, Henry Slate, Beau Tilden, Musa Williams
Director
Joshua Logan
Choreographer
Joshua Logan
Producer
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Director
Salvatore Dell'Isola
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Motley
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1955 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
May 4, 1955
Total Performances
15
Original Cast
Richard Armbruster, Helen Baisley, Herb Banke, Emy Boselli, Warren J. Brown, Richard Collett, Sandra Deel, Clifford Fearl, Don Fellows, Nick Gentile, Edith Lane, Carol Lawrence, Howard Lear, Theresa Mari, Frank Maxwell, Eileen Moran, Antonio Obregon, Balentin Obregon, Louise Pearl, Michelle Reiner, Seth Riggs, J. J. Riley, Bob Rippy, Gene Saks, Janice Samarie, Richard Silvera, Henry Slate, Margaret Sokal, Elaine Spaulding, Sylvia Syms, Evans Thornton, Murray Vines, Ralph Vucci, Julie Winston, Martin Wolfson
Director
Charles Atkin
Producer
New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director
Frederick Dvonch
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Motley
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

2008 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 3, 2008
Total Performances
996
Original Cast
Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot, Loretta Ables Sayre, Danny Burstein, Sean Cullen, Victor W. Hawks, Luka Kain, Li Jun Li, Matthew Morrison, Laurissa Romain, Skipp Sudduth, Noah Weisberg, Becca Ayers, Genson Blimline, Charlie Brady, Matt Caplan, Christian Carter, Helmar Augustus Cooper, Jeremy Davis, Margot de la Barre, Christian Delcroix, Laura Marie Duncan, Mike Evariste, Laura Griffith, Lisa Howard, MaryAnn Hu, Zachary James, Robert Lenzi, Garrett Long, Nick Mayo, George Merrick, Kimber Monroe, Emily Morales, Andrew Samonsky, Jerold E. Solomon
Director
Bartlett Sher
Choreographer
Christopher Gattelli
Producer
Lincoln Center Theater
Musical Director
Ted Sperling
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design
Michael Yeargan
Costume Design
Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design
Donald Holder

1958 Film Version

Movie Name
South Pacific
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Joshua Logan
Screenplay
Paul Osborn
Starring
Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr

2001 TV Version

Movie Name
South Pacific
Type
Made for TV Musical
Director
Richard Pearce
Screenplay
Lawrence D. Cohen
Starring
Glenn Close, Harry Connick Jr., Rade Serbedzija




CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
2008 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
Carnegie Hall Concert Album

CD
2001 London Cast Album

CD
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

CD
2001 TV Version Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections

Sheetmusic
Vocal Score


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray

DVD
2001 TV Version DVD

DVD
Carnegie Hall Concert DVD


Books

Book
South Pacific: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical (Applause Libretto Library)

Book
Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener


Other

Merchandise




1950 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Libretto
Best Original Score
Best Actor in a Musical - Ezio Pinza
Best Actress in a Musical - Mary Martin
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Myron McCormick
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Juanita Hall
Best Producer (Musical)
Best Director
Best Scenic Design

1950 Pulitzer Nominations

Pulitzer Prize for Drama

2008 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Paulo Szot
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Actress in a Musical - Kelli O'Hara
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Danny Burstein
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Loretta Ables Sayre
Best Choreography

2008 Theatre World Award Nominations

Loretta Ables Sayre
Paulo Szot

2008 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Paulo Szot
Outstanding Sound Design
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Kelli O'Hara
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Danny Burstein
Outstanding Lighting Design

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