South Pacific

Original Broadway Production (1949)

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Book and Musical Staging

Cast Highlights

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Ensign Nellie Forbush
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Emile de Becque
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Bloody Mary
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Luther Billis
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Lt. Joseph Cable, U.S.M.C.
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Captain George Brackett, U.S.N.
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Liat
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Ngana
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Jerome (alternates)
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Henry

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Musical Numbers


Act One

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  • [Overture .... Orchestra]*
  • Dites-Moi Pourquoi .... Ngana and Jerome
  • A Cockeyed Optimist .... Nellie
  • [Twin Soliloquies .... Nellie and Emile]*
  • Some Enchanted Evening .... Emile
  • Bloody Mary Is the Girl I Love .... Sailors, Seabees, Marines
  • There Is Nothing Like a Dame .... Billis, Sailors, Seabees, Marines
  • Bali Ha'i .... Bloody Mary
  • I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair .... Nellie and Nurses
  • I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy .... Nellie and Nurses
  • Younger Than Springtime .... Cable
  • Finale .... Nellie and Emile

Act Two

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  • [Entr'acte .... Orchestra]*
  • Soft Shoe Dance .... Nurses and Seabees
  • Happy Talk .... Bloody Mary, Liat and Cable
  • Honey Bun .... Nellie and Billis
  • You've Got to Be Taught .... Cable
  • This Nearly Was Mine .... Emile
  • Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise) .... Nellie
  • Dites Moi

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Trivia & History

According to a long New York Times article on the difficulties and rewards of an understudy or standby, Ezio Pinza's standby, Dickinson Eastham, went on in Pinza's role of Emile de Becque more than 50 times during the first six months of the Broadway run. He was rewarded by being cast in the role in the national tour. For the tour, he was billed as Richard Eastham, which would remain his professional name thereafter.

The article appeared in the Times on November 11, 1962, long after that particular case.

During Pinza's run in the show, several letters to the Times's "Drama Mailbag" mentioned seeing Pinza's understudy. A letter that appeared in the paper on March 5, 1950, was especially indignant on the subject of Pinza's absences. This letter appeared after it had been announced that Ray Middleton would succed Pinza on June 1. James Dales, the author of the letter, wrote, "I am of the opinion that Ezio Pinza has lost interest in appearing in 'South Pacific,' and I base this on the fact that I've been to see it three times with the hope of seeing him, and his understudy has always gone on." Dales went on to suggest that the producers should not wait until June 1 but should make the replacement sooner.

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