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SOUTH PACIFIC 

First Performance at the Majestic Theater, New York
April 7, 1949 (after try-outs in New Haven and Boston)
Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN
(Adapted from James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Tales of the South Pacific")

Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Music by RICHARD RODGERS


Plot Synopsis

"A show of rare enchantment." "Rhapsodically enjoyable." Such were the raves for Rodgers and Hammerstein's fourth collaboration, South Pacific, when it opened on April 7, 1949. South Pacitic seemed blessed from its inception. Leland Hayward suggested to Joshua Logan, the director of Mister Roberts, that he read Tales of the South Pacific - James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories about American servicemen and locals on a South Pacific island before and during World War II. Logan showed the book to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and elements of four stories were expertly woven by Logan and Hammerstein into the three storylines of South Pacific: the story of the dashing middle-aged Frenchman Emile de Becque and the naive young nurse Nellie Forbush; the doomed love of Lt. Joe Cable and the Tonkinese Liat; and the comic shenanigans of Luther Billis. The unforgettable score, with such standards as "Younger Than Springtime", "Some Enchanted Evening," and "Bali Ha'i", also included Hammerstein's condemnation of racism, "Carefully Taught". The dramatic content of South Pacific was such that it not only swept the Tony Awards, but also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama - the second of only seven musicals so honoured since 1932. South Pacific ran for 1,925 performances on Broadway - the second longest run for a musical at that time.

Cast of Characters

Ensign Nellie Forbush

Mary Martin

Emile de Becque

Ezio Pinza

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture

 

Dites-Moi

 

A Cockeyed Optimist

 

Twin Soliloquies (Wonder How It Feels)

 

Some Enchanted Evening

 

Bloody Mary

 

There is Nothing Like a Dame

 

Bali Ha'i

 

I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

 

(I'm in Love with) A Wonderful Guy

 

Younger Than Springtime

 

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'acte

 

Happy Talk

 

Honey Bun

 

Carefully Taught

 

This Nearly Was Mine

 

Finale

 

 

1996-1997 Production

Presented November 1-9, 1996 at Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean, Ontario

Production Team

Artistic Director

Laura Charles

Musical Director

Drummond Hudson

Choreographer

Rob McColman

Production Coordinator

Frank Duern

Assistant to the Director

Christine Drew

Assistant Choreographer

Lisa Chisholm

Stage Manager

Robert Hayman

Assistant Stage Manager

Brian Schecter

Set Designer

Deborah Fortin

Costume Designer

Millie Mallon, Kraig Proulx

Properties

Elaine McCausland

Sound Designer

Wayne Chomik

Lighting Designer

John Solman

Make-up Designer

Melva Scott

Hair Designer

Joanne Zarco

Master Carpenter

Don Lambton

Accompanists

John McGovern, Lorna Rice

Orpheus House Manager

Chris Johnson

Cast

Ensign Nellie Forbush

Shawna McSheffrey

Emile de Becque

Brian Smyth

Lt. Joseph cable, USMC

Terry Duncan

Bloody Mary

JoAnne Ford

Luther Billis

Dennis Van Staalduinen

Capt. George Brackett, USN

Jim Robertson

Commander William Harbison, USN

Sam Smith

Liat

Robin Guy

Stewpot

Dan Tapp

The Professor

James Domine

Lt. Buzz Adams

Christopher O'Toole

Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey

Peter Tomashewski

Henry/Marcel

James Monteath

Ngana

Wallis Giunta

Jerome

Joel Xavier

SEA-BEES and MARINES

 

Hamilton Steeves

Liam Nicholson

Herbert Quale

Jim Morrison

Kenneth Johnson

Jerome Xavier

Victor Jerome

Mike Goral

Sven Larsen

Jason Nesrallah

Richard West

Ken Panton

Morton Wise

Jean-Jacques Wight

Tom O'Brien

Michael Fortier

NURSES

 

Dinah Murphy

Judy Follett

Lisa Minelli

Cindy Beaton

Lt. Genevieve Marshall

Cindi Bates

Cora McRae

Shona Cranston

Connie Walewska

Tanya Chang

Pamela Whitmore

Natalie Sanford

Janet McGregor

Ada Timmins

Bessie May Sue Ellen Jaeger

Sue Plummer

Orchestra

Under the direction of Drummond Hudson

Violins

Irving Thompson, Ioan Harea, Sophia Pan, Pat Rooney

Viola

Kevin James

Cello

Steve Smith

Bass

Sol Gunner

Flute/Piccolo

Charles Hendricks

Oboe/English Horn

Angela Casagrande

Clarinets

Mike Scorah, David Ward

Trumpets

Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud

French Horn

Keith Estabrooks

Trombone

Marlene Hudson

Piano

John McGovern

Percussion

Art Beers

Links to Related Sites

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization

R&H page: South Pacific

Musicals.net: South Pacific