South pacific paradise rewritten broadway legacies jim lovensheimer on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers rodgers and hammersteins tony and pulitzer prize winning musical south pacific has remained a mainstay of the american musical theater since it opened in 1949. Lovensheimer describes south pacific paradise rewritten as an investigation of the works thematic concerns and how they were developed or altered during the creative process p 10 he focuses this investigation on three primary themes. 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 arkansa s 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 emiles proposal of marriage. Rodgers and hammersteins tony and pulitzer prize winning musical south pacific has remained a mainstay of the american musical theater since it opened in 1949 and its powerful message about racial intolerance continues to resonate with twenty first century audiences drawing on extensive . As long as jim lovensheimers new book south pacific paradise rewritten focuses on the creation of the classic rodgers and hammerstein musical its generally fascinatingwhen the book explores what south pacific reveals about its theatrical political and cultural contexts to use lovensheimers words the rewards are still present if somewhat intermittent
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