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. As jim lovensheimer shows in his south pacific paradise rewritten however some commentators have questioned aspects of rodgers and hammersteins accomplishment end page 103 because they find elements in the plot wanting in terms of modern notions of race sexual politics and americas global role following world war ii they cite for . 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 research in the rodgers and the hammerstein papers including hammersteins personal notes on james a. Lovensheimers study thus comes at an ideal end page 71 moment as it rides on the coattails of the resurgence of interest in this show and delves into the qualities that make it so important to the history of the genre lovensheimers book is the first in the broadway legacies series published by oxford university press. South pacific paradise rewritten broadway legacies by jim lovensheimer oxford university press usa 2010 08 24 hardcover good
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