RICHARD ROGERS Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II & JOSHUA LOGAN
Adapted from JAMES A. MICHENER'S Pulitzer Prize-winning
novel "Tales of the South Pacific"
production is given by permission of
JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.
On behalf of THE ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN THEATRE LIBRARY of NEW
Thespians are pleased to announce their production of
South Pacific which will be performed at the
Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage from 2 - 7
Produced by Jim Snell, assisted by Mollie Gilbert. Musical
direction by Justin Thomas.
well-known and much loved show masterfully entwines two love
stories, prejudice, war and a hit musical score.
Peter Bailey, Roger Bailey, Graham Garley, Paul Harris,
Charles Langford, Jack Lardent, Nick Morgan, Keith Mortland,
Graham Pattenden, Mike Roberts, Stephen Roles, Stephen
Wilkes, Andrew Wylie.
Michelle Adams, Harriet Albone, Sarah Bailes, Gillian
Bailey, Holly Böhme, Sophie Böhme, Caroline Bonja, Katy
Bonja, Alison Day, Lucie Day, Alex Evans, Lesley Houldcroft,
Michelle Johnstone, Marie Knight, Lucy Miller-White, Donna
Potter, Carolyn Roberts, Sami-Jo Ward.
NUNS - Jean
Austin, Louise Hollingworth, Jayne Lamb, Sheila Soothill,
Pat Staff, Viv Tadman, Gillian Tompkins.
begins at the island home of middle-aged French Planter,
Emile de Becque; as he entertains US Navy nurse Nellie
Forbush over lunch. The two, though from different
backgrounds, are beginning to fall in love; there is an
implicit proposal of marriage.
At the Navy
camp, the men sing of Bloody Mary, an old Tonkinese woman
whose wily commercial skills are exhibited in the selling of
souvenirs to the troops. The men wistfully look across the
waters to the off-limits island of Bali H'ai, where the
local women have been evacuated to.
The arrival of
a handsome officer Lieutenant Joe Cable arouses much
interest from Bloody Mary. His mission is a dangerous one;
providing advance warning of Japanese military manoeuvres.
Before enlisting the help of Emile in this mission (he has
detailed knowledge of the local islands), the American
Forces question Nellie as to his integrity. Their enquiries
make her realise that she knows even less about him than the
officers; she is especially shocked to learn of Emile's late
Polynesian wife and two children. Her resolve to detach
herself from him is soon broken on their next encounter.
Emile is asked to join the mission, but openly refuses on
account of his affection for Nellie and their future
mission is too dangerous without Emile's local knowledge and
he wiles away some time by visiting Bali H'ai. Bloody Mary
sees an opportunity to marry off her daughter Lait, and
arranges her introduction to the officer. The two are
As the Act
draws to a close, after a party arranged for Nellie to meet
Emile's friends; Emile chooses his moment to tell Nellie of
his late wife and children. Again, her upbringing causes
discomfort and Nellie tries to distance herself from Emile.
Thanksgiving celebrations, again the conviction of small
town American principles is revealed, when Emile, appearing
with flowers for Nellie, discovers she has asked for a
transfer to another Island. Meanwhile, Bloody Mary issues
her ultimatum that if Cable doesn't marry Lait; she will
marry her to another rich white man, who will beat her.
Bloody Mary is furious as Cable is torn by his affection for
Lait yet is still unable to agree to marry her. Nellie and
Cable try to reason their emotions: Nellie will not
reconsider, Cable decides to go ahead with the mission and
if he survives it, to return to Bali H'ai.
Emile now has
nothing to lose and agrees to join Cable on the mission. The
two men are safely delivered to the island of Marie-Louise
and their intelligence reports promote the American position
against the Japanese. A blow is dealt as Nellie hears a
message come in from Emile that Cable has been killed, an
airplane is heard, then the radio is cut off.
chance to reflect on her stance with Emile, realises her
future happiness is with Emile and hopes he will return. Her
wishes are granted as he re-appears from the mission,
battered but safe. For Nellie and Emile, the story has a
"Cockeyed Optimist", "Twin Soliloquies", "Some Enchanted
Evening", "Bloody Mary", "There Is Nothin' like a Dame",
"Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair",
"Wonderful Guy", "Younger Than Springtime", "Happy Talk",
"Honey Bun", "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught", "This
Nearly Was Mine".
Professional Runs & Films:
opening was on April 7 1949 at the Majestic Theatre. It ran
for 1,925 performances. The cast included Ezio Pinza (Emile
de Becque), Mary Martin (Nellie Forbush), Juanita Hall
(Bloody Mary) and William Tabbert (Cable).
opening on 1 November 1951 was at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Mary Martin took the role of Nellie to the West End playing
opposite Wilbur Evans as Emile. Its revival in the West End
on 20 January 1988 ran for over 400 performances and starred
Gemma Craven in the role of Nellie.
A film version
was produced in 1958 by Twentieth Century-Fox, starring
Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi.
won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950; New York Drama
Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; 8 Tony awards
including Best Musical, Book and Score; 9 Donaldson Awards
including Best Musical, Lyrics and Score (detail?); and an
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