Never do it differently. We must feel you couldn't squeeze out another sound. The producers held extensive auditions to fill the other roles. The two roles which gave the most trouble were those of Cable and Bloody Mary. African-American singer Juanita Hall was cast as Bloody Mary; Logan recalled that at her audition, she took a squatting pose which proclaimed, "I am Bloody Mary and don't you dare cast anyone else! Rehearsals began at Broadway's Belasco Theatre on February 2, Don Fellows , the first Lt.
Buzz Adams, drew on his wartime experience as a Marine to purchase a non-regulation baseball cap and black ankle boots. This allowed the musical to continue without interruption by scene changes, making the action almost seamless. He soon had the Seabees pacing back and forth like caged animals during "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", a staging so effective it was never changed during the run of the show.
This was eliminated after she vaulted into the orchestra pit, knocking out Rittman. There were no major difficulties during the four weeks of rehearsal in New York; Martin later remembered that the "gypsy run-through" for friends and professional associates on a bare stage was met with some of the most enthusiastic applause she could remember. One of the few people having trouble was Pinza, who had difficulty adjusting to the constant alterations in the show — he was used to the operatic world, where a role rarely changed once learned. Pinza's mispronunciations of English exasperated Logan, and driving to New Haven, Connecticut for the first week of previews, Pinza discussed with his wife the possibility of a return to the Met, where he knew audiences would welcome him.
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Nevertheless, a number of changes were made in New Haven and in the subsequent two weeks of previews in Boston. The show was running long; Logan persuaded his friend, playwright Emlyn Williams , to go over the script and cut extraneous dialogue. Kaufman joked that people lining up there at the Shubert Theatre "don't actually want anything They just want to push money under the doors. The first night audience was packed with important Broadway, business, and arts leaders. The audience repeatedly stopped the show with extended applause, which was sustained at length at the final curtain.
Rodgers and Hammerstein had preferred, in the past, not to sponsor an afterparty, but they rented the St. Times critic Brooks Atkinson gave the show a rave review. Three days after the opening, Pinza signed a contract with MGM to star in films once his obligation to appear in the show expired. He left the show June 1, , replaced by Ray Middleton , though Pinza missed a number of shows due to illness before that.
Martin recalled that, unused to performing eight shows a week, the former opera star would sing full out early in the week, leaving himself little voice towards the end, and would have his understudy go on. For the 48, tickets available in Cleveland, , requests were submitted, causing the box office to close for three weeks to process them. Martin left the Broadway production in to appear in the original London West End production; Martha Wright replaced her.
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Despite the departure of both original stars, the show remained a huge attraction in New York. The Broadway production transferred to the Broadway Theatre in June to accommodate Rodgers and Hammerstein's new show, Me and Juliet , although South Pacific had to be moved to Boston for five weeks because of schedule conflicts. At the final performance, Myron McCormick, the only cast member remaining from the opening, led the performers and audience in " Auld Lang Syne "; the curtain did not fall but remained raised as the audience left the theatre.
Navy nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas , has fallen in love with Emile de Becque, a middle-aged French plantation owner, though she has known him only briefly. Even though everyone else is worried about the outcome of the war, Nellie tells Emile that she is sure everything will turn out all right "A Cockeyed Optimist".
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Emile also loves Nellie, and each wonders if the other reciprocates those feelings "Twin Soliloquies". Emile expresses his love for Nellie, recalling how they met at the officers' club dance and instantly were attracted to each other " Some Enchanted Evening ". Nellie, promising to think about their relationship, returns to the hospital.
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Emile calls Ngana and Jerome to him, revealing to the audience that they are his children, unbeknownst to Nellie. There is one civilian woman on the island, nicknamed "Bloody Mary", a sassy middle-aged Tonkinese vendor of grass skirts, who engages the sailors in sarcastic, flirtatious banter as she tries to sell them her wares "Bloody Mary".
Billis yearns to visit the nearby island of Bali Ha'i — which is off-limits to all but officers — supposedly to witness a Boar's Tooth Ceremony at which he can get an unusual native artifact ; the other sailors josh him, saying that his real motivation is to see the young French women there. Billis and the sailors further lament their lack of feminine companionship " There Is Nothing Like a Dame ". Marine Lieutenant Cable arrives on the island from Guadalcanal , having been sent to take part in a dangerous spy mission whose success could turn the tide of the war against Japan.
Bloody Mary tries to persuade Cable to visit " Bali Ha'i ", mysteriously telling him that it is his special island. Billis, seeing an opportunity, urges Cable to go. Cable meets with his commanding officers, Captain George Brackett and Commander William Harbison, who plan to ask Emile to help with the mission because he used to live on the island where the mission will take place. They ask Nellie to help them find out more about Emile's background, for example, his politics and why he left France.
They have heard, for instance, that Emile committed a murder, and this might make him less than desirable for such a mission. After thinking a bit more about Emile and deciding she has become attracted on the basis of little knowledge of him, Nellie tells the other nurses that she intends to end her relationship with him " I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair ". But when he arrives unexpectedly and invites Nellie to a party where he will introduce her to his friends, she accepts.
Emile declares his love for Nellie and asks her to marry him. When she mentions politics, he speaks of universal freedom, and describes fleeing France after standing up against a bully, who died accidentally as the two fought. After hearing this, Nellie agrees to marry Emile. Cable's mission is to land on a Japanese-held island and report on Japanese ship movements. The Navy officers ask Emile to be Cable's guide, but he refuses their request because of his hopes for a new life with Nellie.
Commander Harbison, the executive officer, tells Cable to go on leave until the mission can take place, and Billis obtains a boat and takes Cable to Bali Ha'i. There, Billis participates in the native ceremony, while Bloody Mary introduces Cable to her beautiful daughter, Liat, with whom he must communicate haltingly in French. Believing that Liat's only chance at a better life is to marry an American officer, Mary leaves Liat alone with Cable. The two are instantly attracted to each other and make love " Younger Than Springtime ". Billis and the rest of the crew are ready to leave the island, yet must wait for Cable who, unbeknownst to them, is with Liat "Bali Ha'i" reprise.
Bloody Mary proudly tells Billis that Cable is going to be her son-in-law. Emile introduces Nellie to Jerome and Ngana. Though she finds them charming, she is shocked when Emile reveals that they are his children by his first wife, a dark-skinned Polynesian woman, now deceased. Nellie is unable to overcome her deep-seated racial prejudices and tearfully leaves Emile, after which he reflects sadly on what might have been "Some Enchanted Evening" reprise. It is Thanksgiving Day.
The GIs and nurses dance in a holiday revue titled "Thanksgiving Follies". In the past week, an epidemic of malaria has hit the island of Bali Ha'i. Having visited Bali Ha'i often to be with Liat, Cable is also ill, but escapes from the hospital to be with Liat. As Liat and Cable spend more time together, Bloody Mary is delighted. She encourages them to continue their carefree life on the island " Happy Talk " and urges them to marry.
Cable, aware of his family's prejudices, says he cannot marry a Tonkinese girl. Bloody Mary furiously drags her distraught daughter away, telling Cable that Liat must now marry a much older French plantation owner instead. Cable laments his loss. For the final number of the Thanksgiving Follies, Nellie performs a comedy burlesque dressed as a sailor singing the praises of "his" sweetheart "Honey Bun".
Billis plays Honey Bun, dressed in a blond wig, grass skirt and coconut-shell bra.
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After the show, Emile asks Nellie to reconsider. She insists that she cannot feel the same way about him since she knows about his children's Polynesian mother.
Frustrated and uncomprehending, Emile asks Cable why he and Nellie have such prejudices. Cable, filled with self-loathing, replies that "it's not something you're born with", yet it is an ingrained part of their upbringing " You've Got to Be Carefully Taught ". He also vows that if he gets out of the war alive, he won't go home to the United States; everything he wants is on these islands. Emile imagines what might have been "This Nearly Was Mine".
Dejected and feeling that he has nothing to lose, he agrees to join Cable on his dangerous mission. The mission begins with plenty of air support. Offstage, Billis stows away on the plane, falls out when the plane is hit by anti-aircraft fire, and ends up in the ocean waiting to be rescued; the massive rescue operation inadvertently becomes a diversion that allows Emile and Cable to land on the other side of the island undetected.
The two send back reports on Japanese ships' movements in the "Slot", a strategic strait; American aircraft intercept and destroy the Japanese ships. Nellie learns of Cable's death and that Emile is missing.
She realizes that she was foolish to reject Emile because of the race of his children's mother. Nellie comforts Liat. Cable and Emile's espionage work has made it possible for a major offensive, Operation Alligator , to begin. The previously idle fighting men, including Billis, go off to battle. Nellie spends time with Jerome and Ngana and soon comes to love them. While the children are teaching her to sing "Dites-Moi," suddenly Emile's voice joins them.
Emile has returned to discover that Nellie has overcome her prejudices and has fallen in love with his children. Emile, Nellie and the children rejoice "Dites-Moi" reprise. A number of songs were extensively modified or omitted in the weeks leading up to the initial Broadway opening. They are listed in the order of their one-time placement within the show:. The first Australian production opened in September at His Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, playing for 10 months and performances. It then played seasons in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide until late , before returning to Melbourne for a further season.pierreducalvet.ca/233598.php
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It was directed by Charles Atkin, and had costumes by Motley and sets by Mielziner. There have been many stock or summer revivals of South Pacific. Nellie's pronouncement that she was from Little Rock was initially met with boos.