South Pacific : Paradise Rewritten Hardback
by Jim (Assistant Professor of Musicology, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Vanderbilt Lovensheimer
Part of the Broadway Legacies series
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" has remained a mainstay of the American musical theater since it opened in 1949, and its powerful message about racial intolerance continues to resonate with twenty-first century audiences.
Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and the Hammerstein papers, including Hammerstein's personal notes on James A.
Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Jim Lovensheimer offers afascinating reading of "South Pacific" that explores the show's complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process.
Indeed, the author shows how Rodgers and especially Hammerstein continually refined and softened the theme of racial intoleranceuntil it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences.
Likewise, Lovensheimer describes the treatment of gender and colonialism in the musical, tracing how it both reflected and challenged early Cold War Era American norms.
This superb book offers an intriguing portrait of a Broadway masterpiece and the times in which it was written.