South Pacific

South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book/Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II,
Book by Joshua Logan
Spreckels Theatre Company through February 25, 2018

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Heather Buck & William O’Neill. Photo: Eric Chazankin

When South Pacific first hit Broadway in 1949, it was expected to be a hit, but no one, not even its originators Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics/book), and Joshua Logan (book) foresaw just how massive a hit it would become. Pulitzer Prize, multiple Tonys, numerous tours and revivals later, it’s still one of the highest-grossing, most popular musicals of all time, sure to rouse good feelings from appreciative audiences. Spreckels Theatre Company hits the right notes in its production of this beloved show, with impressive vocal talents and straightforward staging.

The plot was based on stories from James Michener’s book, “Tales of the South Pacific,” intentionally emphasizing and enhancing the issue of racism. They gave us not one, but two tales of romance interrupted by prejudice, showing a cultural phenomenon rather than an individual failing. …

To read more about this production, continue to my Talkin’ Broadway review:
South Pacific