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Based on "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener

The plot of South Pacific centers on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner. This story is intertwined with a secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant and a young Tonkinese woman.



The original Broadway production enjoyed immense critical and box-office success and became the second-longest running Broadway musical to that point (behind Rodgers and Hammerstein's earlier Oklahoma!). Because of its exploration of racial and social issues of the day, the show won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. Several of its songs, including "Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair", "Some Enchanted Evening", "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Happy Talk" and Younger Than Springtime" have become popular standards.



The production won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, and it is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. Its original cast album was the bestselling record of the 1940s, and other recordings of the show have also been popular. The show has enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, spawning a 1958 film and television adaptations. The 2008 Broadway revival won seven Tonys, including Best Musical Revival.


BEAUTIFUL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Included in Broadway in Miami 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Broadway Across America - Miami and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami-Dade County present the 2016 / 2017 Broadway In Miami season featuring: (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN!, CABARET & More Will Play Broadway in Fort Lauderdale's 2016-17 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

The 2016 / 2017 Broadway Across America - Fort Lauderdale show lineup is as follows: (more...)

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! CelebratesOpening Night at The John W. Engeman Theater
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 25, 2016

The John W. Engeman Theater presents MAMMA MIA! Performances run now through Sunday, September 11, 2016, and BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night! (more...)

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Awards Two Directing Fellowships
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Director Joshua Chase Gold has been selected to be the 2016 SDCF Charles Abbott Fellow. He will be assisting Charles Abbott on his production of South Pacific at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. (more...)

Stage Star Nicole Scherzinger Among Voice Cast for Disney's MOANA
by TV News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

The highly anticipated Disney animated feature film MOANA, with music from HAMILTON Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and featuring fellow stage star Phillipa Soo, includes another stage vet in its voice cast: Nicole Scherzinger. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2016

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PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Speeds Into the Patchogue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical opened at Patchogue Theatre presented by The Gateway on July 20 and will run through August 6. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sanctuary! Watch Highlights from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Jul 22, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse presents the New England premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, on stage now to August 6, making The Playhouse one of the first regional theaters in the U.S. to stage this new musical. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MAMMA MIA! at the Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The John W. Engeman Theater presents MAMMA MIA! Performances run now through Sunday, September 11, 2016, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ash Lawn Opera Presents SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The summer concludes with South Pacific, an ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival. Featuring some of the greatest songs in musical theater history, including 'Some Enchanted Evening,' 'I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy,' and 'A Cockeyed Optimist,' this remarkable production will stay with you for years to come. (more...)

LITTLE WOMEN at Seacoast Rep this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The musical, which opens August 5, is an adaptation of the classic autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Alcott grew up amid economic struggle and intellectual ferment to become a successful writer and early feminist. Her story of the fictional March family depicts the passionate ambition of the youthful Jo March and the emotional journey she takes with her three sisters. (more...)

Sneak Peak of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by James Lapine, the stage version of Disney's 1996 animated musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, based onVictor Hugo's 1831 novel, premiered in Berlin. The 1999 production, performed in German, enjoyed a three-year run. (more...)

BWW Feature: HENRY AWARDS 2016 presented by Colorado Theatre Guild
by Chris Arneson - Jul 22, 2016

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Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY Makes US Premiere at TheatreWorks this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening that was declared "Sexy, sophisticated, and funny" and awarded five stars by London's Telegraph. The Life of the Party will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley August 24-September 18 (press opening: August 27) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call(650) 463-1960. (more...)

Erin Mackey to Lead Reading of Christine Toy Johnson's PAPER SON at Guthrie Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

A reading of PAPER SON, a play written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson (currently playing 'Bloody Mary' in South Pacific at the Guthrie Theater), will be presented on Monday, August 8 at 7 pm in the Guthrie's Kitchak Lounge, 818 S. 2nd Street, Level 3, Minneapolis, MN. (more...)

Tim Federle, Bess Wohl, Marc Bruni, Leigh Silverman and More Slated for NYMF Panels
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, has announced that they have partnered with The ASCAP Foundation, The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and SDC Foundation to curate three panel conversations with industry professionals, aimed at providing more insight into the musical development process. (more...)

John D. Bankston Releases INVISIBLE ENEMIES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

John D. Bankston was among the survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki during the Second World War, an incident that left him and many others suffering from indescribable pain. In his book 'Invisible Enemies of Atomic Veterans: And How They Were Betrayed' (published by Xlibris), he gives voice to the victims of this horrific tragedy while shedding light on the effects of atomic fallout. (more...)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA to Play DeVos Performance Hall This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play at DeVos Performance Hall for a limited engagement from September 27-October 2. (more...)

BWW TV: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Cast Drinks to Life at Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 21, 2016

In attendance was the cast of Fiddler on the Roof (Adam Grupper, Steven Skybell, Michael C. Bernardi,Mitch Greenberg, George Psomas, Jeffrey Schecter, Stephen Carrasco, Eric Chambliss, Reed Luplau, Zach McNally, Matt Moisey, Sarah Parker, Marla Phelan, Silvia Vrskova, Andrew Wojtal, AaRon Young) who performed the songs 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker,' and 'To Life.' Check out highlights below! (more...)

VIDEO: International Trailer for Disney's MOANA, ft. Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Movies News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Below, check out an all-new international trailer for the highly anticipated Disney animated feature film MOANA. Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda provides some of the music for the film along with Opetaia Foa'l and Mark Mancina. (more...)

Photo Flash: Original Stars Return for ONWARD VICTORIA: IN CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Last night, a one-night-only concert of the short-lived musical ONWARD VICTORIA was presented at Feinstein's/54 Below. The 1980 musical chronicles the life of the first female candidate for President of the United States, Victoria Woodhull. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

The Marriott Theatre to Present HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

From the bustling streets of 1960's New York City comes the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical comedy, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, continuing The Marriott Theatre's acclaimed 2016 Season, previewing August 24, running through October 16 with a press opening on Wednesday, August 31 at 8 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

14th Annual BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Starring Chuck Cooper, Alix Korey, Ryan Silverman and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed concert with 'Sound Design by God' returns to Town Hall for its record-breaking 14th season on Monday, July 25 at 8 PM. The concert stars Tony Award Winner Chuck Cooper, 2X Tony Nominee Tom Wopat, Olivier Nominee Kyle Scatliffe, 2X Drama Desk Nominee Alix Korey, Drama Desk Nominee Ryan Silverman, downtown diva Molly Pope, and many more award-winning stars. Broadway Unplugged has been featured in The New York Times, Playbill.com, The Huffington Post, The Daily News, and many other publications during the last 14 years, with all the feature pieces and reviews citing the extraordinary excitement the audience experiences at Town Hall when they hear the pure human voice ring out loud and clear -- and beautifully -- in a 1,500 seat theater.  (more...)

Adirondack Theatre Festival's Carner & Gregor Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Adirondack Theatre Festival's (ATF) 22nd summer season continues with its CABARET SERIES featuring CARNER & GREGOR (ISLAND SONG). Performances will be held at the Charles R. Wood Theater (207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls), in the recently renovated Cabaret space on July 31st and August 1st at 7:30pm. Tickets are $26 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival.org, or by calling (518) 480-4878. Discount season flex passes are available for the full seven show line-up. (more...)

Business Capital Secures Total $30MM Financing for China Pearl
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

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Light Opera Works to Present MAME This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Jerry Herman's Broadway classic MAME, with 26-piece orchestra, will be staged by Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, August 20 through 28. (more...)

Breaking News: Sunrise, Sunset... FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Sets Winter Closing on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has just announced that it will play its final performance on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. At the time of closing, Fiddler on the Roof will have played a total of 464 performances. (more...)

Lincoln Center Theater's THE KING AND I Dancing Into Chicago Next Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

?Broadway In Chicago, Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC are pleased to announce that the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I will play Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W Randolph) for four weeks, June 13 through July 9, 2017. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Celebrate ONWARD VICTORIA at Feinstein's/54 Below with #34DaysOfVictoriaWoodhull
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

To celebrate the life of Victoria Woodhull and promote ONWARD VICTORIA, the team created a hashtag: #34DaysOfVictoriaWoodhull. The first female Presidential candidate was only 34 when she ran for President in 1872. For 34 days, facts from her remarkable life were shared. BroadwayWorld has exclusive access to all 34 below! (more...)

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL to Close Off-Broadway, Resume This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Off-Broadway show, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, which opened on July 4, will end its current run on July 24 and plans to resume performances this fall. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Miller & Tysen and More Sign TUCK EVERLASTING Album at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Celebrating the release of the original Broadway Cast Recording of TUCK EVERLASTING, cast members Andrew Keenan Bolger, Michael Parkand Michael Wartella joined composer Chris Miller, lyricist Nathan Tysen and co-bookwriter Tim Federle for a three-song performance, discussion and signing at the Barnes and Noble at 86th & Lexington Ave (150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028) earlier this month. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

Pursued By Bear Announces FIRST DATE as Fall Show
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Farmer wants a wife, Dating in the Dark...Australia loves a dating TV show, and now Pursued by Bear are giving Melbourne audiences a chance to experience one better - a dating musical. (more...)

SOUTH PACIFIC Opens July 29th at SCERA Shell
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre will transport its audiences from the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains to the lush flora of the tropics when "South Pacific" playsJuly 29 to Aug. 13 under the deft touch of veteran director Jerry Elison. (more...)

Matthew Morrison Joins Broadway at Town Hall Concert Series in Provincetown on August 7th
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Matthew Morrison has been nominated for a Tony Award for "Light in the Piazza" and Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for his starring role in the hit TV series "Glee." He will make his anticipated concert debut in the critically acclaimed Broadway @ Town Hall series, at Provincetown's Town Hall on Sunday, August 7 at 6:30 PM, with Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The Broadway @ Town Hall concert series will help raise funds for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. For tickets and information, visit www.ptownarthouse.com, or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

Barbara Cook, 54 SINGS HAIR and More Slated for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse presents the New England premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, on stage now to August 6, making The Playhouse one of the first regional theaters in the U.S. to stage this new musical. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, Opening Tonight at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre celebrates the opening of Brighton Beach Memoirs tonight, July 15, at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The show runs through Sunday, August 28. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DREAMGIRLS at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre's DREAMGIRLS opened June 24 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. The production runs through August 7, 2016. With music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book byTom Eyen, this megawatt Broadway crowd-pleaser electrifies the stage with Motown dreams and powerhouse voices. Loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, the story follows the turbo-charged rise to fame of the Dreams. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Temah Higgins and DJ Martin Launch New Theatrical Booking & PR Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Temah Higgins, Executive Vice-President of Broadway Booking Office and DJ Martin, President of Bond Touring Group announce today the launch of Bond Theatrical Group, a fully independent Booking, Marketing and Publicity company for live entertainment productions across North America.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of SEUSSICAL at Music Circus - Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical. Explore the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss as you've never seen it before. Travel back to your childhood to the land of the Whos and the Jungle of Nool, and rediscover the delightfully zany characters imagined by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), this is one visit to the doctor that neither kids nor parents will mind, an enchanting musical where anything's possible.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins, John Treacy Egan, Bets Malone and More in SEUSSICAL at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical, playing now thru July 17. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Pop, World Music, and Jazz Highlight Carnegie Hall's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Carnegie Hall's 2016-2017 season is fast approaching, and the venue is looking forward to a variety of exciting new projects and exceptional programming. Listed below are jazz, pop, and world music highlights at Carnegie Hall for the coming season! (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces Cast for THE TOXIC AVENGER!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Are you ready to ROCK, Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the Pittsburgh premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, September 22 - December 18 at the CLO Cabaret. This cult film-turned musical smash is a toxic love story with an environmental twist you won't want to miss! Featuring a rock score with instant hits such as: "Who Will Save New Jersey," "Thank God She's Blind," "My Big French Boyfriend" and "Evil is Hot," THE TOXIC AVENGER is sure to satisfy musical theater and movie lovers from the 'Burgh and beyond. (more...)

W.E. Welbourne Releases PILGRIMAGE to CRETE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

W.E. Welbourne charts one man's perilous and extraordinary sojourn to safety after an escape as a World War II prisoner of war in his new book 'PILGRIMAGE to CRETE' (published by Xlibris AU). Candid and compelling, this retelling follows Arthur Dawson's wartime exploits, the significant people and events of his time, and shares a history of cultural conflict, tragedy and triumph in Central Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean zone. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Having Its New England Premiere at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse
by Michael Dale - Jul 11, 2016

Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken's stage version of the 1996 Disney animated musical is expected to be generally available for regional productions next year. (more...)

Biography of 'The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin' Released July 12th
by Michael Dale - Jul 11, 2016

David Kaufman writes of the life and career of one of the most beloved performers in American theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tradition, Tradition . . . and Innovation: Gary John La Rosa Directs FIDDLER at MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 11, 2016

'This is like a real homecoming. The last time I worked at Maine State Music Theatre was in 1995, and it was also Fiddler on the Roof,' says nationally acclaimed director-choreographer Gary John LaRosa. La Rosa, who is widely considered one of the reigning authorities on the beloved 1964 Bock-Harnick bitter-sweet musical about Russian Jews confronting a changing world, has in his own words, 'literally done dozens' of Fiddler productions throughout his vibrant, busy career. 'I've actually stopped counting,' he says with a smile, though we note that among all these, he staged the 50th anniversary Fiddler gala on Broadway, as well as at least four of these won prestigious theatre awards and nominations. This month he finds himself in Brunswick, Maine, directing a thirty-six person cast in MSMT's third main stage show of the 2016 season. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mac-Haydn Theatre's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2016

The Mac-Haydn Theatre roars back to the 1920's with Kander and Ebb's jazzy music and a deliciously scandalous story in CHICAGO. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 7/3/2016 - 7/10/2016
by BWW - Jul 10, 2016

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