Thursday, April 2, 2009

"South Pacific" 60th Anniversary Reunion

Tomorrow night, the smash-hit revival of South Pacific celebrates its first anniversary at the Vivian Beaumont. However, on Tuesday the musical itself celebrates its sixtieth anniversary. The show originally opened on April 7, 1949 at the Majestic Theatre starring Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Myron McCormack and Juanita Hall, all of whom would win Tonys (still the only production, musical or play, to sweep all four acting categories!). The show closed at the Broadway Theatre on January 16, 1954 after 1925 performances.

Meanwhile yesterday at the Vivian Beaumont, there was a reunion of the surviving cast members. Here is a brief video montage showing the mingling of casts old and new.

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