101 Words About This Show:
South Pacific opened on Broadway in 1949, and it had not been revived on Broadway until its current run at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
The show was a hit back in the day, winning the Pulitzer Prize and all 10 Tony Awards it was nominated for, and it is a hit again. Initially set for a limited run, the critical acclaim heaped on it after its April 3, 2008, opening immediately sparked an open engagement.
The well-known and beautiful Richard Rodgers score continues to enthrall audiences, and its “men and women in time of war” story gives it relevance as well.
Who’s Who and What’s What:
South Pacific boasts a sterling pedigree. Based on Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of stories by James Michener, it was written by Oscar Hammerstein II and scored by Richard Rodgers.
It was innovative in its day by bringing themes of racism to the stage and by importing an opera singer for the male lead. The current production also opened with an opera singer, Paulo Szott, who won a Tony for his performance.
The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won seven.
Where and When:
- Vivian Beaumont Theatre
150 West 65th Street
at Lincoln Center
- Show Times and Tickets
- Opening: April 3, 2008
- Closing: Open-ended run
- Run Time: 3 hours (including intermission)