Project Description

South Pacific

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by JAMES A. MICHENER
Directed by JULIANNE BOYD

Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

One of the greatest musicals of all time!

Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, South Pacific is set on an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII. Rodgers and Hammerstein intertwine the themes of romance, duty and prejudice to create a story that is at once hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking. Featuring an extraordinary score — including “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”, “Bali Ha’i”, “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” — South Pacific is an unparalleled and timely classic.

“Above all, what impresses about South Pacific is how deeply, fallible and poignantly human every character seems…a tenderly beautiful idyll of genuine people inexplicably tossed together in a strange corner of the world.”
The New York Times

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This epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors, seabees and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French expatriate and plantation owner. Lt. Joe Cable, a Marine, finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. Luther Billis, a lovable and crafty seabee, provides much hilarity as he peddles grass skirts, shrunken heads and more, vying with Bloody Mary to corner the market. As the war against Japan escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, who struggle to reconcile their unconventional love affairs with their long-held prejudices and insecurities. South Pacific — then and now — confronts the social changes and tensions sweeping America.