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topical today in these times of racial intolerance, as well as the mixed relationships in the plot. “South Pacific” drew its libretto from three stories in James Michener’s novel “Tales of the South Pacific”. Two romances are interwoven, one about an average American nurse and an aristocratic French planter and the other about a naval officer and a native.


It originally opened on Broadway on 7 April 1949 to rave reviews and played 1,925 performances. It was only the second musical to be honoured with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (the first being “Of Thee I Sing” in 1931 by George and Ira Gershwin, book by George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind). “South Pacific” won Tony Awards for Best musical, Best composer, Best librettist, Best director, Best actress, Best actor,


Best


supporting actors (male and female) and Best scenic design. What made the show a blockbuster were the oddly mated stars, Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza who was at that time the reigning bass of the Metropolitan Opera. The meeting ofprestigious grand opera and Broadway musicals was


fascinating dance companies. The Barbican Theatre will house the Australian “Circa” in July. This is an exquisite cabaret of sexy, funny and explosive vaudeville feats which will melt your hearts.


Continuing joint commissions with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Pit will present Boy Blue Entertainment of street dance choreography at the end of July. Booking has now opened for a summer season of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”. This Tony Award-winning revival from New York’s Lincoln Centre will play in the Barbican Theatre from 15th August to 1st October followed by a UK regional tour. This latest production has won great acclaim now its social relevance has become more apparent. “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” is even more


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Circa - Emma McGovern and Freyja Edney - Photocredit


Boy Blue Entertainment


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