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South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

Jim Lovensheimer


This book explores the development of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical South Pacific. In particular, it notes how the team balanced the creation of a commercially successful work with the desire to make a passionate statement against racial intolerance that they knew would almost certainly be controversial. Through the examination of archival materials, many of which are heretofore unexplored in the literature on Rodgers and Hammerstein, the book reveals the creative processes of two masters near the peak of their craft. In addition, this book explores the music ... More

Keywords: South Pacific, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, cold war, racial intolerance, gender, postwar, Broadway musical, colonialism, open text

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jim Lovensheimer, author
Vanderbilt University