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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" has remained a mainstay of the American musical theater since it opened in 1949, and its powerful message about racial intolerance continues to resonate with twenty-first century audiences. Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and the Hammerstein papers, including Hammerstein's personal notes on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Jim Lovensheimer offers a fascinating reading of "South Pacific" that explores the show's complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process. Indeed, the author shows how Rodgers and especially Hammerstein continually refined and softened the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences. Likewise, Lovensheimer describes the treatment of gender and colonialism in the musical, tracing how it both reflected and challenged early Cold War Era American norms. This superb book offers an intriguing portrait of a Broadway masterpiece and the times in which it was written.
Jim Lovensheimer is Assistant Professor of Music at Vanderbilt University.
Table of Contents
Who Can Explain It?
The Musical Is the Message
An Adaptable Source: Michener's Tales of the South Pacific
False Starts: The Disappearance of Bill Harbison and Dinah Culbert
You've Got to Be Carefully Rewritten: The Distillation of Racial Intolerance
Nellie and the Boys: Situating Gender in South Pacific
Culture Clash: Colonialism and South Pacific
Still Dreaming of Paradise
The Structure of Tales of the South Pacific
Scene Breakdown for South Pacific
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