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Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener Book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Music by Richard Rodgers

Joshua Logan | Broadway musical | large 29 plus

  • About the Show

    Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

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    Casting information

    PRINCIPALS
    2 Women
    2 Men
    FEATURED
    1 Woman
    5 Men
    1 Boy
    1 Girl
    ENSEMBLE
    Large singing ensemble consisting of Islanders, Nuns, Officers, Sailors, Marines, and Soldiers
    CHARACTERS
    Ensign Nellie Forbush
    Emile De Becque
    Ngana - his daughter
    Jerome - his son
    Henry - his native servant
    Bloody Mary
    Liat - her daughter
    Bloody Mary's Assistant
    Luther Billis
    Abner
    Stewpot (Carpenter's Mate Second Class, George Watts)
    Professor
    Lt. Joseph Cable, United States Marine Corps
    Capt. George Brackett, United States Navy
    Cmdr. William Harbison, United States Navy
    Lt. Buzz Adams
    Yeoman Herbert Quale - sailor
    Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey - sailor
    2 Seabees (originally named Morton Wise and Richard West)
    2 Sailors (originally named Tom O'Brien and James Hayes)
    3 Marines (Originally named Sgt. Kenneth Johnson, Cpl. Hamilton Steeves and Staff Sgt. Thomas Hassinger)
    A Shore Patrolman
    Lead Nurse (originally named Lt. Genevieve Marshall)
    Ensign Dinah Murphy
    Ensign Janet MacGregor
    7 Ensigns (originally named Connie Walewska, Bessie Noonan, Rita Adams, Lisa Minelli, Pamela Whitmore, Sue Yaeger and Cora MacRae)
    Islanders, Nuns, Officers, Sailors, Marines, and Soldiers

    Musical Numbers

    1. Overture (Billis, Sailors, Seabees and Marines)
    2. Dites - Moi (Ngana and Jerome)
    3. A Cockeyed Optimist (Nellie)
    4. Twin Soliloquies (Nellie and Emile)
    5. Some Enchanted Evening (Emile)
    6. Dites - Moi (Reprise) (Ngana and Jerome)
    7. Bloody Mary (Sailors, Seabees and Marines)
    8. There Is Nothin' Like A Dame (Billis, Sailors, Seabees and Marines)
    9. Bali Ha'i (Bloody Mary)
    10. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (Nellie)
    11. Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise) (Emile and Nellie)
    12. A Wonderful Guy (Nellie and Nurses)
    13. Bali Ha'I (Reprise) (French and Native Girls)
    14. Younger Than Springtime (Cable)
    15. Finale Act I (Emile)
    16. Entr'Acte (Emile)
    17. Dance (Nellie. Nurses and G.I's)
    18. Happy Talk (Bloody Mary and Liat)
    19. Honey Bun (Nellie, Billis and Ennsemble)
    20. You've Got To Be Carefully Taught (Cable)
    21. This Nearly Was Mine (Emile)
    22. Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise) (Nellie)
    23. Finale Ultimo (Nellie)

    Rehearsal Set

    20 Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 PIANO VOCAL SCORE

    Orchestration

    1 PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE
    1 FLUTE (Doubling Piccolo)
    1 OBOE (Doubling English Horn
    ) 1 CLARINET I-II
    1 BASSOON
    1 HORN I-II
    1 HORN III
    1 TRUMPET I-II
    1 TRUMPET III
    1 TROMBONE I
    1 TROMBONE II
    1 TUBA
    1 PERCUSSION
    1 VIOLIN A
    1 VIOLIN B
    1 VIOLIN C
    1 VIOLIN D
    1 VIOLA
    1 CELLO
    1 BASS
    1 HARP

    Resources

    Two-Piano Arrangement

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