South Pacific review: It’s shocking how contemporary this simmering musical feels 70 years on

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By Adam Bloodworth Mid century American writer and lyricist combo Rodgers and Hammerstein are having a moment. A new experimental version of their most famous musical, Oklahoma!, played at the Young Vic earlier this summer, and now there’s a fresh version of South Pacific. Over 70 years since its 1949 Broadway premier it still feels shockingly contemporary in many ways, as we wade through a new era of racial injustices that would turn the musical empresarios in their graves. What’s most surprising is that very little of this production has changed compared with the 1958 classic film adaptation…

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