The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Apr. 18, 1949

South Pacific (music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd; book adapted from James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific by Mr. Hammerstein & Joshua Logan; produced by the Messrs. Rodgers & Hammerstein in association with Leland Hayward & Mr. Logan) opened to an advance sale of $500,000 and the kind of notices ("utterly captivating"—"truly great") that should keep it on Broadway for years. As an all-star production, it almost merits such notices. As a show, it does not.

Loosely spun out of James Michener's Pulitzer-Prizewinning war yarns, South Pacific is not a musicomedy; it is a "musical play" in...

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