Title: South Pacific
Musical by: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Location: American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California
Quality: The video has professional shots, but the video is old (1999) and grainy. You can’t see the actor’s faces clearly, but the sound is good enough that it is, in our opinion, worth hearing.
Duration: 2 hours, 26 minutes
Details: South Pacific follows the lives of U.S. military men, nurses and residents of a Polynesian island during World War II, based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific and featuring a score by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Although well known for its extraordinary score — the songs include “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Younger Than Springtime”, “Bali Ha’i”, “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame”, and “A Wonderful Guy” — SOUTH PACIFIC is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.