South Pacific - 2003

Adapted from two short stories by James Michener, South Pacific chronicles two love stories. The first involves Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas and Emile de Becque, a French planter. The second revolves around Lt Joe Cable and a young Polynesian girl, Liat with whom he falls in love. Rodgers and Hammerstein tied the two stories together by having Cable and de Becque go on a dangerous mission behind Japanese lines from which only one returns.

The original production featured Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza. The 1958 film version featured Mitzi Gaynor and Rosanno Brazzi.

Chris Kearney