This Day in the Yesteryear: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC OPENS ON BROADWAY (1949)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific Opens on Broadway (1949)

Based on James Michener‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific opened on Broadway to great acclaim. Set on a Pacific island during WWII, the musical relates two parallel love stories that are threatened by prejudice and war. The play’s first run earned 10 Tony Awards, and its 2008 Broadway revival earned seven. When it was awarded the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, who notoriously failed to receive credit for coauthoring it? More… Discuss

South Pacific is considered to be one of the greatest
Broadway musicals. Several of its songs, including “Bali
Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair“,
“Some Enchanted Evening”, “Happy Talk”, “Younger than
Springtime” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy“,
have become popular standards. The Broadway
production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical,
Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical
production ever to have won all four Tony Awards for
acting. The show was a critical and box office hit and has
since enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, also
spawning a 1958 film and other adaptations. The 2008
Broadway revival was a strong success, winning seven
Tonys including for Best Musical Revival.

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