Overview


Synopsis

Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy commander who was stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise.


Characters

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Supporting

Tenor



Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 1949
First Produced:
1949
Genres
Drama, Comedy, Romance, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
a south pacific island during wwii, 1940s
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
professional, community, high school, college, multi-ethnic cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen, child characters

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