South Pacific Revival 2008

Run Time:
3 three hours, with one intermission
Opened: April 3, 2008
Closing: August 22, 2010

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Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Broadway)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway New York, NY 10023

Although well known for its extraordinary score -- the songs include Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, Bali Ha'i, There Is Nothin' Like A Dame, and A Wonderful Guy -- South Pacific is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.



Now in its first Broadway revival, South Pacific won seven 2008 Tonys and has been playing to sold-out houses since the first preview in March 2008. Three time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara and acclaimed bass-baritone David Pittsinger lead the marvelous cast of 40 directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

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Optimist Awash in the Tropics
10 / 10

Above all, though, what impresses about this “South Pacific” is how deeply, fallibly and poignantly human every character seems. Nearly 60 years ago Brooks Atkinson, writing in The New York Times, described the show as “a tenderly beautiful idyll of genuine people inexplicably tossed together in a strange corner of the world.” I think a lot of us had forgotten that’s what “South Pacific” is really about. In making the past feel unconditionally present, this production restores a glorious gallery of genuine people who were only waiting to be resurrected.

South Pacific
7 / 10

But is South Pacific a masterpiece? The score is a treasure, certainly, but elements of this 1949 show’s depiction of military life now seem corny, as does the pedantic antiracism song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” And although the strings beneath their dialogue signify romance from the start, there is something creepy about the rushed central relationship between American nurse Nellie Forbush (the lovely O’Hara, totally capable as always but a touch on the chilly side) and the wealthy, older French plantation owner Emile de Becque, who is looking for “someone young and smiling.”

SOUTH PACIFIC Closes on Broadway August 22
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2010

Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher, will end its record-breaking run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Sunday, August 22. By the time it ends its long run SOUTH PACIFIC will have played 1000 performances and 37 previews, making it the longest-running Broadway revival of any of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals.

O'Hara & Szot Reunite for SOUTH PACIFIC PBS Broadcast Tonight, 8/18
by Jessica Lewis - August 18, 2010

'Live From Lincoln Center' will present the television premiere of Lincoln Center Theater's Tony® Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC tonight, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. on PBS, live from the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lincoln Center Theater's new production of the musical classic won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival. SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher, began performances Saturday, March 1, 2008 and opened Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show will end its record breaking run on Sunday, August 22, 2010, making it the longest running Broadway revival of a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

'Live From Lincoln Center' Presents TV Premiere of SOUTH PACIFIC, 8/18
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2010

'Live From Lincoln Center' will present the television premiere of Lincoln Center Theater's Tony® Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, on Wednesday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS, live from the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lincoln Center Theater's new production of the musical classic won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival. SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher, began performances Saturday, March 1, 2008 and opened Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show will end its record breaking run on Sunday, August 22, 2010, making it the longest running Broadway revival of a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

'Live From Lincoln Center' Presents TV Premiere of SOUTH PACIFIC, 8/18
by Molly Hagan - August 16, 2010

'Live From Lincoln Center' will present the television premiere of Lincoln Center Theater's Tony® Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, on Wednesday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS, live from the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lincoln Center Theater's new production of the musical classic won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival. SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher, began performances Saturday, March 1, 2008 and opened Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show will end its record breaking run on Sunday, August 22, 2010, making it the longest running Broadway revival of a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

Kelli O'Hara Returns to SOUTH PACIFIC 8/10 - 8/22; Show Airs Live 8/18 on PBS
by BWW News Desk - August 10, 2010

Kelli O'Hara, who won critical acclaim for her performance as Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC will return to the production on Tuesday, August 10 and perform the role through Sunday, August 22 when the musical plays the final performance of its record-breaking run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. On Wednesday, August 18, the Tony Award winning production, directed by Bartlett Sher, will be broadcast nationally at 8pm on PBS' 'Live From Lincoln Center.'

Morrison Will Not Return to SOUTH PACIFIC
by Nicolas Coburn - August 4, 2010

Matthew Morrison will not be returning to SOUTH PACIFIC this month, as was rumored, and will therefore not be taking part in the 'Live from Lincoln Center' performance, according to a report by Playbill.com. Morrison is currently at work filming the second season of the Emmy-nominated show GLEE.

Ken Fallin Illustrates: Kelli O'Hara in SOUTH PACIFIC
by Ken Fallin - July 31, 2010

BroadwayWold.com is pleased to present illustrator Ken Fallin, who brings you original illustrations of everyone's favorite theatrical stars each week. This week's feature: Kelli O'Hara in SOUTH PACIFIC. O'Hara, who originated the role of Nellie Forbush in the Tony-winning revival at Lincoln Center, returns to the production from August 6 through August 22 to finish out the show's run.

BWW TV: Bway in Bryant Park - SOUTH PACIFIC!
by Robert Diamond - July 16, 2010

The best of Broadway is being presented free on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 Lite fm Presents Broadway in Bryant Park 2010' - a lunchtime series which began on Thursday, July 8th at 12:30pm on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and JCPenney 33rd & 6th, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the tenth annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances runs through August 12th.

Paulo Szot Returns to SOUTH PACIFIC, 7/7
by BWW News Desk - July 7, 2010

Tony Award winner Paulo Szot returns to the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, on Wednesday, July 7, returning after a leave to fulfill a previous opera commitment.

Photo Flash: WWII Veterans Enjoy SOUTH PACIFIC as Guests of Times Square Nurse
by Gabrielle Sierra - July 6, 2010

WWII Veterans Enjoy 'South Pacific' as Guests of 'Times Square Nurse' More than 50 World War II veterans and their wives began their July 4th weekend with a special reception in their honor held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles last Saturday (July 3) and the matinee performance of 'South Pacific' as guests of the late Edith Shain, the 'Times Square Nurse' who passed away on June 20 at age 91.

William Michals Performs Final Show in SOUTH PACIFIC 7/4
by BWW News Desk - July 4, 2010

It has been announced that baritone William Michals assumes the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, for a five week period beginning Tuesday, June 1st through Sunday, July 4th. The production's current Emile de Becque, Tony Award winner Paulo Szot, leaves the musical on May 30 for an opera engagement in Europe. He returns to South Pacific on July 6, 2010 and will play the role through the end of the show's run on Broadway on August 22..

Paulo Szot Returns to SOUTH PACIFIC, 7/7
by Jessica Lewis - June 22, 2010

Tony Award winner Paulo Szot returns to the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, on Wednesday, July 7, returning after a leave to fulfill a previous opera commitment.

RIALTO CHATTER: Matthew Morrison Headed Back to SOUTH PACIFIC?
by Rialto Chatter - June 3, 2010

Matthew Morrison, who originated the role of Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the current Broadway production of SOUTH PACIFIC, may be returning to the production in order to appear in the 'Live from Lincoln Center' performance on August 18, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. According to a Lincoln Center spokesman, Morrison's return will depend on his filming schedule for 'Glee,' the hit television show of which he is a star.

SOUTH PACIFIC, O'Hara, Lithgow, et. al Perform at World Science Opening Gala, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - June 2, 2010

Current cast members of SOUTH PACIFIC, Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara, cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and John Lithgow are among the performers scheduled for the lineup at The World Science Festival's opening night-gala, June 2 at Alice Tully Hall. The opening-night celebration will feature the cast of Broadway's SOUTH PACIFIC singing 'Derivative Song' and 'Galaxy Song'. Kelli O'Hara, who originated the role of Nelli Forbush in the SOUTH PACIFIC revival, will perform 'Stardust'. Finally, in the second half of the gala, David Henry Hwang will present his world premiere play, based on a children's book written by Brian Green. Tony Award winner John Lithgow will narrate.

Kelli O'Hara Returns to SOUTH PACIFIC 8/10 - 8/22; Show Airs Live 8/18 on PBS
by Jessica Lewis - June 1, 2010

Kelli O'Hara, who won critical acclaim for her performance as Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC will return to the production on Tuesday, August 10 and perform the role through Sunday, August 22 when the musical plays the final performance of its record-breaking run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. On Wednesday, August 18, the Tony Award winning production, directed by Bartlett Sher, will be broadcast nationally at 8pm on PBS' 'Live From Lincoln Center.'

William Michals To Cover Szot in SOUTH PACIFIC, 6/1-7/4
by BWW News Desk - June 1, 2010

It has been announced that baritone William Michals assumes the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, for a five week period beginning Tuesday, June 1st through Sunday, July 4th. The production's current Emile de Becque, Tony Award winner Paulo Szot, leaves the musical on May 30 for an opera engagement in Europe. He returns to South Pacific on July 6, 2010 and will play the role through the end of the show's run on Broadway on August 22..

SOUTH PACIFIC, O'Hara, Lithgow, et. al Perform at World Science Opening Gala, 6/2
by Caroline Cole - May 20, 2010

Current cast members of SOUTH PACIFIC, Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara, cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and John Lithgow are among the performers scheduled for the lineup at The World Science Festival's opening night-gala, June 2 at Alice Tully Hall. The opening-night celebration will feature the cast of Broadway's SOUTH PACIFIC singing 'Derivative Song' and 'Galaxy Song'. Kelli O'Hara, who originated the role of Nelli Forbush in the SOUTH PACIFIC revival, will perform 'Stardust'. Finally, in the second half of the gala, David Henry Hwang will present his world premiere play, based on a children's book written by Brian Green. Tony Award winner John Lithgow will narrate.

William Michals To Cover Szot in SOUTH PACIFIC, 6/1-7/4
by Mary Hanrahan - May 19, 2010

It has been announced that baritone William Michals assumes the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, for a five week period beginning Tuesday, June 1st through Sunday, July 4th. The production's current Emile de Becque, Tony Award winner Paulo Szot, leaves the musical on May 30 for an opera engagement in Europe. He returns to South Pacific on July 6, 2010 and will play the role through the end of the show's run on Broadway on August 22..

Szot Returns to SOUTH PACIFIC, 3/31
by Jessica Lewis - March 30, 2010

Opera baritone Paulo Szot returns to the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, this Wednesday (March 31) fresh from his triumphant Metropolitan Opera debut in their new production of Shostakovich's The Nose.

David Pittsinger Ends Return Engagement in SOUTH PACIFIC as Emile de Becque, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2010

Bass-Baritone David Pittsinger will end his stint as Emile de Becque on March 21st in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, after a seven week run. The production's original Emile de Becque, baritone Paulo Szot, returns to South Pacific on March 30, 2010.

SOUTH PACIFIC'S David Pittsinger Dishes on Broadway and Opera Double Duty
by Samantha Jacobsen - March 17, 2010

Broadway Bass-Baritone David Pittsinger recently talked to the New York Times about his uniquely demanding schedule. Pittsinger is currently performing eight times per week in the Tony Award-winning revivial of South Pacific at the Vivian Beaumont Theater as Emile de Becque as well as portraying the ghost' of Hamelt's father in 'Hamlet' at the Metropolitan Opera.

South Pacific FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dites-moi
A Cockeyed Optimist
Twin Soliloquies
Some Enchanted Evening
Bloody Mary
There Is Nothin' Like a Dame
Bali Ha'i
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
A Wonderful Guy
Younger Than Springtime
This is How It Feels
Soft Shoe Dance
Happy Talk
Honey Bun
You've Got to Be Carefully Taught
This Nearly Was Mine
Loneliness of Evening
My Girl Back Home
Suddenly Lucky
Now Is the Time
Will My Love Come Home to Me?
Overture
Entr’acte
Act II Finale
South Pacific has had 15 productions including Broadway which opened in 1949, Broadway which opened in 1949, US Tour which opened in 1950, West End which opened in 1951, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1955, Off-Broadway which opened in 1967, West End which opened in 1988, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1994, West End which opened in 2001, Off-Broadway which opened in 2005, Broadway which opened in 2008, West End which opened in 2011, US Tour which opened in 2022 and West End which opened in 2022.
South Pacific has been nominated for several Tony Awards. These include Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Catherine Zuber, Best Direction of a Musical for Bartlett Sher, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Donald Holder, Best Revival of a Musical for Lincoln Center Theater and Bob Boyett, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Michael Yeargan, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Scott Lehrer.
South Pacific has won several Tony Awards, including Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Catherine Zuber, Best Direction of a Musical for Bartlett Sher, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Donald Holder, Best Revival of a Musical for Lincoln Center Theater, Best Revival of a Musical for Bob Boyett, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Michael Yeargan, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Scott Lehrer.
South Pacific has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Bartlett Sher, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Donald Holder, Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards), Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Michael Yeargan, Outstanding Sound Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Lehrer, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Christopher Gattelli, Outstanding Costume Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Catherine Zuber, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bartlett Sher, Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards), Outstanding Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Michael Yeargan, Lighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for Donald Holder, Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Loretta Ables Sayre, and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Paulo Szot.
South Pacific has won several awards, including Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Bartlett Sher, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Donald Holder, Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for South Pacific, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Michael Yeargan, Outstanding Sound Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Lehrer, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Christopher Gattelli, Outstanding Costume Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Catherine Zuber, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bartlett Sher, Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards), Outstanding Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Michael Yeargan, Lighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for Donald Holder, Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Loretta Ables Sayre, and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Paulo Szot.

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