South Pacific, Musical
I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Uploaded by tqsmagazine.co.uk.
When James Michener wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, I can’t imagine he thought it would be turned into a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that would win its own Pulitzer for Drama just three years later. But it was and it did.
A good part of the musical’s story (written by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan) deals with racial prejudice, a not particularly popular topic at the time. But it did so with warmth and insight, no doubt one of the primary reasons the show was so well received.
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The main reason, though, was the music. Here are some of the great songs from South Pacific:
- “A Cockeyed Optimist”
- “Bloody Mary”
- “There Is Nothing Like a Dame”
- “Bali Ha’i”
- “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair”
- “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”
- “Some Enchanted Evening”
- “This Nearly Was Mine”
No wonder this has become one of the standard bearers of the musical theater for the last 60+ years. Go listen to the soundtrack on Spotify. I would recommend renting the movie from Netflix, but it’s still a major disappointment, all these years later.
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