The men's chorus performing in South Pacific

The men's chorus performing in South Pacific

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's South Pacific brought new realism to the musical. Opening in New York in 1949, it was set in the South Pacific in World War II, only four years after the war had ended. It told of love, racial prejudice, cultural clashes and the frustrations of that war in a musical at once enchanting and thought provoking. Adapted from two short stories by James Michener, it chronicles two love affairs - Lt Joe Cable with a Polynesian girl and Nurse Nellie Forbush with Emile de Becque, a French planter. The original New York production starred Mary Martin and the great opera singer Ezio Pinza. Mary Martin also starred in the original London production. Here the men's chorus from the Royal National Theatre's 2001 London revival agree that 'There is Nothing Like a Dame'. The men's chorus in the original London production included Mary Martin's son, Larry Hagman, in his pre-J.R. in Dallas days. Sean Connery in his pre-James Bond days was in the chorus of the touring production.