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South Pacific

From 175 member  reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic

About the show

The revival of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Kelli O’Hara, tells the story of a nurse stationed on a Pacific island during World War II. More…

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.

Member Reviews (175)


Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic
Avg Score

Great songs, Weak script, Riveting, Some enchanting, An old friend

See it if you love R&H. So wonderful to revisit SP! Altho the dialogue can be clunky and the plot annoying, I loved the songs. Topnotch performances.

Don't see it if you hate all musicals (some do...but why?) A terrific revival. O'Hara's too beautiful and bland for Nellie, but who cares? Enchanted evening

Also I'm so glad LC revived So Pacific. I hadn't seen it as an adult and I ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of the show. Fantastic music. Great staging and singers.

Don't see it if you can't stay Kelly O'hara doing comedy.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if a really great show It has a phenomenal score! I recommend this great show to everyone. Singing is wonderful and great choreography .

Don't see it if If a musical like this does not fit your fancy. A period piece that may not attract you.

Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Classic

See it if Lincoln Center 2010. I had never seen this show before so really enjoyed being able to see it. Still remember the shower on the stage

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals. Not don't like this one.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic, Slow, Romantic

See it if You love Rodgers & Hammerstein and want to see a lavish production of one of their works.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of this show. It can be kind of tedious.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you're looking for a reminder of classic Broadway. Kelli O'Hara was enchanting.

Don't see it if you're not a revival person or are looking to see something new and reinvented.

Incredible score and music, Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You love Rogers &Hammerstein, want to see a really first rate revival of their work. Wonderful evening of theater, great singing & dancing

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason not to see it!

Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if Beautiful production in all aspects.

Don't see it if If cannot sit through a long, absolutely lovely classic musical.

Enchanting, Romantic, Epic, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy R&H musicals. Are a WWII history fan. Enjoy legit musicals.

Don't see it if You'd prefer to see something contemporary. You want something "light." The show is significantly heavier than other R&H musicals.

Also I'm not sure South Pacific will ever receive a better revival than thi... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Epic, Masterful, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to see a Pulitzer Prize winning musical that ranks among the best ever written, in a terrific production

Don't see it if you hate theater and can't stand the very idea of seeing something truly exceptional.

Epic, Masterful, Romantic, Lush, Enchanting

See it if you only know the movie & never saw it on stage before. The staging of the recent Lincoln Center production was exquisite

Don't see it if you prefer musical comedies, or if you don't care for the classics.

Dated, Great acting, Resonant, Paulo szot, Great singing

See it if 5 extra points went to Szot's voice. O'Hara, Burnstein, and this classic music are all great, but Paulo easily steals the show. Fantastic.

Don't see it if You're not a Rogers and Hammerstein fan. You're looking for modern theatre. This is the well-done classic everyone should see at least once.

Exquisite, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see (and hear) one of the classics beautifully done. The staging and emotional impact of this show was stunning.

Don't see it if You don't like mostly-sung through shows and if you don't like the more classical scores.

Dated, Intelligent

See it if You like the classics, but be careful; the production will depend on how it has been "modernized." Lincoln Center version missed the mark.

Don't see it if You are not impressed by the classics.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You enjoy traditional well crafted American musicals with a good story and great message.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy being entertained and don't like musicals.

Enchanting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you love a beautiful production of a good old fashioned R&H musical. Hear score with a full orchestra. Beautiful singing and staging.

Don't see it if think a musical about social culture of the WWII era is dated. If you don't like beautiful melodies, and a well-sung score don't go.

Fluffy, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy old school musical theatre and classic showtunes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein. Some difficult subject matter re racism.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see a true American classic. Great songs from R&H, the latest revival was impeccably staged and it is Some Enchanted Evening.

Don't see it if Stop. There is no reason not to see this classic-for-a-reason show.

Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Great score, Wonderful

See it if you love a great R & H musical with a fabulous cast.

Don't see it if it you don't like classic musicals.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Classic, Great singing

See it if You are a Rodgers and Hammerstein fan

Don't see it if You want a modern and upbeat musical

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Relevant, Romantic

See it if you love a classic musical, with sociopolitical commentary that still resonates today. "You've got to be carefully taught."

Don't see it if you don't like traditional musical theatre.

Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if Fantastic show loved it.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see amazing talent in a beautiful production. Kelli O'Hara kills it.

Don't see it if you struggle with racist commentary. The show's extremely dated, and can be quite offensive.

Great production, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy older musicals done to original book, with high production values, and magnificent staging!

Don't see it if you hate rogers and hammerstein

Lush, Classic, Romantic, Dated

See it if You love the classics. This production was beautiful, lush and masterful.

Don't see it if You're not ready to confront somewhat racist/offensive themes and stereotypes from the times.

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