Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: In Concert


Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: In Concert

Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan, James A. Michener, David Ives

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  3f, 7m, 1girl(s), 1boy(s)

Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan / Adapted from the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel Tales of the South Pacific By James Michener / Adapted by David Ives

In this concert version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Photo: Joan Marcus

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: In Concert
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 7m, 1girl(s), 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
In an island paradise during World War II, 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 realises that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices. This concert adaptation was created by David Ives for the Carnegie Hall benefit concert of South Pacific in 2006.
Based on Tales of the South Pacific, James Michener’s collection of short stories, South Pacific opened on Broadway at the the Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949, starring Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza and Juanita Hall. South Pacific received the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and for the first time the committee included a composer in the drama prize. The show received ten Tony Awards (including Best Musical), a Grammy Award and countless other accolades. For years the second-longest running show in Broadway history (right behind Oklahoma!), South Pacific returned to Broadway in a celebrated 2008 revival starring Kelli O'Hara and Paolo Szot. The show has proven itself a classic in countless productions around the world and was adapted onscreen in the 1958 film starring Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor and in a 2001 made-for-television film starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr.


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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

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  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


South Pacific: In Concert takes place on two islands in the South Pacific during World War II.


3f, 7m, 1girl(s), 1boy(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Large singing ensemble consisting of Islanders, Officers, Sailors, Marines, Seabees* and Soldiers

Ensign Nellie Forbush – a nurse from Arkansas
Emile De Becque – an expatriate French plantation owner
Ngana – Emile’s young, half-Polynesian daughter
Jerome – Emile’s young, half-Polynesian son
French Servant
Bloody Mary – a Tonkinese native, expert at trading with the military men
Liat – Bloody Mary’s daughter
Luther Billis – a sailor, Seabee*
Stewpot (Carpenter's Mate Second Class, George Watts)
Professor – a sailor
Lt. Joseph Cable, United States Marine Corps
Capt. George Brackett, United States Navy – The highest ranking officer
Cmdr. William Harbison, United States Navy – The second-highest ranking officer
Lead Nurse
Nurses, Officers, Sailors, Seabees*, Marines and Soldiers, French Girls

The story takes place in the South Pacific during World War II. The cast includes Americans and people native to the South Pacific. Those characters native to the area should be cast accordingly. The use of make-up or prosthetics to alter an actor’s ethnicity is prohibited.

*Seabees are sailors who serve in the Construction Battalion (hence their acronym, C.B.). They are responsible for the construction and maintenance of the bases and their equipment.

Casting Notes

The story takes place in the South Pacific during World War II. The cast includes Americans and people native to the South Pacific. Those characters native to the area should be cast accordingly. The use of make-up or prosthetics to alter an actor’s ethnicity is prohibited.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Act I

1. Overture - Orchestra
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

Act II

16. Entr'Acte - Orchestra
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" - Orchestra

Flute (Doubling Piccolo)
Oboe (Doubling English Horn)
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Horn I
Horn II
Horn III
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Violin I
Violin II
String Synth (Optional)

Trap Set
Oriental Tom-Tom

DIVISI NOTE: In the original Broadway pit of SOUTH PACIFIC there were 2 players on Violin A, 2 players on Violin B, 2 players on Violin C, 2 players on Violin D, 3 Violists, 2 Cellists, and 1 Bass player.


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30 Libretto Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal Score
1 Flute/Piccolo
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Horn III
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Tuba
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 String Synth (Optional)

Piano Only:

30 Libretto Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal Score

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Music Samples


  • South Pacific Through Time and History

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