Look Back at Mary Martin in South Pacific on Broadway

Archival Photos   Look Back at Mary Martin in South Pacific on Broadway
The show opened April 7, 1949, at the Majestic Theatre.
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Barbara Luna, Noel DeLeon, and Mary Martin Philippe Halsman/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

South Pacific premiered April 7, 1949, to critical acclaim at the Majestic Theatre. In 1950, the production won each of its 10 Tony nominations. South Pacific holds the distinction of being the only musical in Tony Award history to dominate all four acting categories: Mary Martin (as Nellie Forbush), Ezio Pinza (Emile De Becque), Juanita Hall (Bloody Mary), and Myron McCormick (Luther Billis).

The production also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the second musical to claim the honor. The show went on to play a 1,925-performance run of nearly five years.

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