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South Pacific - 1949 - Broadway

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.

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Broadway Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
1681 Broadway
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by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2021
Today's top stories: Eva Noblezada sings 'I'd Rather Be Me' from Mean Girls as part of her concert with Seth Rudetsky, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 7, 2021
Today's Theater Stories features the Majestic Theatre! Learn about some of the best-known shows to grace the stage of the Majestic Theatre, including Carousel, South Pacific, Camelot, Phantom of the Opera, and many more!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2021
New York Theatre Barn will continue to host free live streams of its New Works Series on select Wednesday evenings at 7PM ET. Each installment of the live 1-hour series includes excerpts from two new musicals and a conversation with the writers and creative team.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021
Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price (Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!) and streaming platform Stellar have released a new trailer for the upcoming concert event TITANIQUE: THE MAIDEN VOYAGE CONCERT, which goes on sale today to the general public. See an exclusive preview of the concert on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:30PM ET.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021
With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions, and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style, and freedom of the 1960s. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as To Sir with Love, Downtown, Son of a Preacher Man, and Goldfinger.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021
Find out who is in the cast of Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live, which will open in Melbourne in the world’s largest  spiegeltent, The Arcadia, at Birrarung Marr on 8 June 2021.  
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2021
Spring has officially sprung, and the beautiful weather and longer days are giving us plenty to sing about! To celebrate, we've curated a complete playlist about springtime. From April showers to May flowers, sing along to get your spirits up just in time for June start bustin' out all over!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2021
Host Patrick Oliver Jones coducts a two-part conversation with Wilfert, covering not only the performance and recording of ALL THE GIRLS but also highlighting pivotal moments in her singing career, from working with Stephen Sondheim to the vocal injury that forced her to pull out of a show.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2021
The Des Moines Playhouse will continue to present live theatre with two shows this spring, Some Enchanted Evening – The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Apr. 9-May 9, 2021, and, for families, The Velveteen Rabbit, Apr. 16-May 2, 2021. In-person performances will be presented in repertory, alternating shows by the week, in the John Viars Theatre.
by Stage Tube - Mar 25, 2021
This week on 32 Bar Cut: The Show features Kelli O'Hara! Kelli chats with Adrienne about hitting the pavement for her first auditions, her role as Katie in The Accidental Wolf, and how she's kept balance in her life as a Broadway star! Tune in at 1pm to watch the full episode!
by Student Blogger: Grace Callahan - Mar 25, 2021
A few days ago, I read an article about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage adaptation of Cinderella. There are few details on the story, but we do know that Emerald Fennell has written the book, and that Carrie Hope Fletcher is set to star. Due to the May reopening of the West End, the production recently dove back into rehearsals.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2021
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota concludes its Winter-Spring 2021 Outdoor season with a performance by local singing sensation Maria Wirries, Wednesday, April 21, outdoors at Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2021
The much-anticipated production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific will be delayed and is projected to open in September. 
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021
The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2021
This week, Through our Women in Theatre Through the Decades features, we are be highlighting the impact of women in theatre such as Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Kathleen Marshall, Lynn Nottage and more!
by Eleni Cashell - Mar 22, 2021
Star of Les Misérables, Rob Houchen chats to us about his upcoming solo gig at Cadogan Hall, the first solo concert he's ever done.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2021
Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price and the streaming platform Stellar have announced that Titanique – the new musical send-up of the blockbuster film Titanic, featuring the songs of pop icon Céline Dion – will give global audiences a virtual concert preview of the show before it hits the New York City mainstage.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2021
Mint Theater Company will continue the Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of Yours Unfaithfully by Miles Malleson directed by Jonathan Bank beginning Monday, March 22nd, and continuing through May 16th.
by Maria Nockin - Mar 20, 2021
Artists in the AZ Arias concert were internationally known  Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, members of the Arizona Opera Orchestra led by Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg, Head of Music, Christopher Cano, as well as studio members: sopranos Cheyanne Coss and Caitlin Gotimer, mezzo-soprano Mack Wolz, tenor Terrence Chin-Loy, and baritone Rob McGinness.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 2, 2021
Through our Women in Theatre Through the Decades features, we will be highlighting the vital role that women have played in theatre history, showcasing those who paved the way and who continue to make history today. 
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 19, 2021
Up and comer Hannah Jane hasn't been waiting around for the audiences and she to be reunited... that's what the internet is for! So the Broadway devotee will be presenting her concert about her love of musical theater on Facebook Live on March 24th at 7 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2021
NMSU Theatre Arts has announced its first show of 2021, Destination: Broadway! The department's annual show Broadway On Stage has a new name and a new look.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2021
 Due to popular demand, Signature Theatre Extends SIMPLY SONDHEIM, the first production in the Signature Features 2021 Season, for three weeks, until April 16 on Marquee TV.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2021
Broadway and Opera star Zachary James (South Pacific, Coram Boy, The Addams Family, Metropolitan Opera’s Akhnaten) is bringing his award-winning cabaret show ON BROADWAY to the digital airwaves. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2021
Hunterdon Central Regional High School has cancelled its production of South Pacific after students and staff raised concern about some of the musical's racially insensitive content. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2021
Caroline Bowman and Austin Colby appeared on Good Morning America this morning, where they performed a mashup of Let It Go and Love is an Open Door from Frozen!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2021
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced Story Time, an eight-part program of children's book readings, read out loud by the authors themselves, starts Saturday, March 27, at 10:30 am via Zoom through May 15. Parents are encouraged to purchase the book, so their child can read along with the author.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2021
Joshua Turchin will return to The Green Room 42 with his popular cabaret series, 'The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin,' on April 9, 2020, at 7 pm. After a year of an extended intermission, Turchin is returning 'home' to The Green Room and perform live following over 85 virtual episodes of The Early Night Show Virtual Edition.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2021
On Thursday, March 4, 2021,  at 8 p.m. EST amfAR will be livestreaming its first ever virtual fundraising gala, A Gala for Our Time. amfAR will be honoring Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Glenn Close for their contributions to the fight against AIDS.
by Team BWW - Feb 25, 2021
Brian Stokes Mitchell is stopping by the Seth Rudetsky Concert Series this weekend! We're looking back at past performances before his show on Sunday!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2021
Broadway in Tucson will resume performances this Fall. The first show to kick off the 2021/2022 season will be Hamilton.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2021
New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its award-winning New Works Series on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 7PM EST, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Ten Brave Seconds and Mimosa. The live 1-hour presentation will also feature a conversation with the writers and creative team. 
by TV News Desk - Apr 9, 2021
The 5-track project hit #1 on the Apple Music Reggae chart and debuted at #27 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2021
Next month, Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony will welcome showstopping Broadway duo Santino and Jessica Fontana to close out the 2020–21 Bank of America POPS Season with a program of beloved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, May 28–30.
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2021
Raised on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii, Eli Smart moved to Liverpool to attend Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institution for Performing Arts. It was there that his musical inspiration reached new levels as Smart found himself pushed to create his own wildly colourful musical world. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2021
New York City Center today announced a new digital program as part of the 2020 – 2021 season, Sutton Foster|Bring Me to Light. Filmed live at City Center, the concert premieres Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm ET, with on demand viewing through Monday, May 31.
by Matt Wolf - Apr 7, 2021
May 17 has long held near-sacrosanct status in and around London theatreland. That's the date earmarked for a return to live performance, albeit to limited audiences, with a further diary entry worth marking of June 21 (the summer solstice no less) when all restrictions on social contacts will be removed and playhouses may - one stresses the word may - be allowed to return to something resembling pre-pandemic capacity.
by Cristina Martinez - Apr 7, 2021
Un 7 de abril de 1949, el musical SOUTH PACIFIC se estrenaba por primera vez en el Majestic Theatre.El musical de Rodgers y Hammerstain  se basa en el libro de James A. Michener, ganador del Premio Pulitzer en 1947, Tales of the South Pacific, y combina elementos de varias de esas historias.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2021
​​​​​​​Walton Arts Center announced tonight a must-see lineup for the 2021-22 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series. Touring Broadway returns to Northwest Arkansas this fall, and a Broadway subscription gets you the best seats at the best price in the room where it happens.
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Apr 6, 2021
Los famosos premios de instauraron como los Oscar del Teatro en Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2021
Dayton Live announced the 2021-2022 lineup for Premier Health Broadway in Dayton, Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, Universal 1 Credit Union Music Series, Dayton Children’s Family Series and the National Geographic Live Series.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2021
MCC Theater has announced initial performers for Miscast21, premiering on Sunday, May 16, 2021 on MCC’s YouTube Channel. Miscast21 will include performances from Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús, Tony Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Award winner LaChanze and more.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2021
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will raise the curtain once again and welcome its valued patrons back for the 2021-2022 season of its highly popular Broadway Las Vegas Series. Sponsored by Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers and University Medical Center, the impressive season features six Broadway stage productions.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2021
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony-nominated actor William McGuire, known by his nickname 'Biff' has died at age 94.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2021
On this day in 2008, Lincoln Center Theater's lavish new production of Richard Rodgers& Oscar Hammerstein's prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher, opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
Today, we're getting to know one of Broadway's favorite leading ladies, Laura Osnes, with whom you can book a shoutout today!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
Berkshire Theatre Group has announced immersive outdoor experiences for summer 2021, with a casting sneak-peek. BTG will be releasing a complete season cast announcement at a later date. Berkshire Theatre Group will work in adherence with government guidelines and corresponding health and safety officials.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2021
We're taking a closer look at the musicals that inspired writers, creators, and performers for years to come, and today we're kicking it off at the top of the Golden Age. Study up on the great musicals of the 1940s with a playlist of 75 showtunes of the era.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2021
Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne announce today that Chichester Festival Theatre will reopen its doors with its summer musical: Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, running from 5 July – 4 September.