List of awards and nominations for the musical ''South Pacific''

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South Pacific is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals.[1][2] The musical premiered in 1949 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950.[3] The show was a critical and box office hit and has since enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, also spawning a 1958 film and other adaptations.

The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production ever to have won all four Tony Awards for acting.[4] The 2008 Broadway revival was a strong success, winning numerous theatre awards. Its seven Tonys included Best Musical Revival. Sher and Szot also won Tonys, and the production won in all four design categories, also receiving nominations for choreography and for the performances of O'Hara, Burstein and Ables Sayre. It also won five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical Revival. The late Robert Russell Bennett was recognized that season for "his historic contribution to American musical theatre in the field of orchestrations, as represented on Broadway this season by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific."[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
1950 Pulitzer Prize Drama Won
Tony Award[4] Best Musical Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Ezio Pinza Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Mary Martin Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Myron McCormick Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Juanita Hall Won
Best Producer Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers, Leland Hayward and Joshua Logan Won
Best Director Joshua Logan Won
Best Libretto Oscar Hammerstein II Won
Best Original Score Richard Rodgers Won
Best Scenic Design Jo Mielziner Won

2001 London revival[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2001 Laurence Olivier Award[6] Best Actor in a Musical Philip Quast Won

2001 Television film[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2001 Emmy Award Outstanding Music Direction Paul Bogaev Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie Guntis Sics, Rick Ash, Joe Earle and Joel Moss Nominated

2008 Broadway revival[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2008 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Musical Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Paulo Szot Won
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Kelli O'Hara Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein Nominated
Outstanding Director Bartlett Sher Won
Outstanding Set Design Michael Yeargan Won
Outstanding Sound Design Scott Lehrer Won
Outstanding Lighting Design Donald Holder Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Revival of a Musical Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Paulo Szot Won
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Kelli O'Hara Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein Won
Outstanding Director of a Musical Bartlett Sher Won
Outstanding Choreographer Christopher Gattelli Nominated
Outstanding Set Design Michael Yeargan Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design Catherine Zuber Won
Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical Won
Best Direction of a Musical Bartlett Sher Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Paulo Szot Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Kelli O'Hara Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Loretta Ables Sayre Nominated
Best Choreography Christopher Gattelli Nominated
Best Scenic Design Michael Yeargan Won
Best Costume Design Catherine Zuber Won
Best Lighting Design Donald Holder Won
Best Sound Design Scott Lehrer Won

2011 London revival[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 Laurence Olivier Award Best Musical Revival Nominated
Best Actor in a Musical Paulo Szot Nominated
Best Costume Design Catherine Zuber Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A 2006 review stated: "Many are the knowledgeable and discriminating people for whom Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, brilliantly co-written and staged by Joshua Logan, was the greatest musical of all."
  2. ^ South Pacific, Theatrehistory.com, accessed November 14, 2012. The veteran producer Arthur Hammerstein called it the greatest musical show Broadway had ever seen, perfect in every respect. The critic Richard Watts, Jr., described it as "a thrilling and exultant musical play, an utterly captivating work of theatrical art."[citation needed]
  3. ^ Pulitzer Prize 1950, accessed June 24, 2011
  4. ^ a b South Pacific 1950 Tony winners, Tony Awards official website, accessed April 4, 2012
  5. ^ Announcement of Tony Award nominations, 2008. Tonyawards.com
  6. ^ "Olivier Winners 2002", Olivier Awards official website, accessed April 7, 2012

References[edit]

  • Nolan, Frederick. The Sound of Their Music: The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, New York, 2002. ISBN 1-55783-473-3

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