South Pacific

Original Broadway Production (1949)

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Book and Musical Staging

Cast Highlights

Jerome (alternates)
Ensign Nellie Forbush
Emile de Becque
Bloody Mary
Luther Billis
Lt. Joseph Cable, U.S.M.C.
Captain George Brackett, U.S.N.
Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey

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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

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

These song lists document any changes that the production went through aside from the opening night song list.

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Trivia & History

The production moved from Broadway's Majestic Theatre to the Opera House in Boston, playing there from May 18, 1953, to June 27, 1953. When it returned to New York on June 29, 1953, its new home was Broadway Theatre. The move out of the Majestic allowed the new Rodgers and Hammerstein show, Me and Juliet, to play that theatre.

This was not the first time that the production temporarily suspended performances. In 1950, it closed down for Holy Week, after playing a special Sunday evening performance on April 2. Performances resumed nine days later (Tuesday, April 11).

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Posters & Promo Art



Main Run

Tryout Dates

Audio Recordings

Commercial Recordings

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