South Pacific

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

Studio Cast (1986)
Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Sarah Vaughan, Mandy Patinkin, Ambrosian Chorus

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

  • No demos listed.

Source Material

Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of stories Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener


On an island in the South Pacific during World War II, Nellie is a nurse from Arkansas. She falls in love with an older French planter, Emile. When she learns that the mother of his children was an island native, she is unable to forget the prejudices with which she was raised and refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Trivia & History

In May 2013, film actress Michelle Williams was in talks to star in a film remake to be directed by Michael Mayer. Hugh Jackman was rumored to be in talks to star as De Becque and producers were interested in singer Justin Timberlake for Cable.

Alternate Titles

  • Tales of the South Pacific (source material)

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