South Pacific centers on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II, who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant and a young Tonkinese woman, explores his fears of the social consequences should he marry his Asian sweetheart. The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most controversially in the lieutenant's song, You've Got to Be Carefully Taught. PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.
The production was the first-ever Broadway revival of the show, and for that featured an unusually large orchestra by modern Broadway standards.
The show went to win seven Tony Awards and was extended multiple times until it was eventually turned into an open-ended run.
Towards the end of its run, Live from Lincoln Center filmed the production which aired live on August 18th, 2010.
The original leads of the production, which have already left the show by the time of filming returned to the production a couple of weeks before filming started.
Due to a complex rights agreement, the full production was not made available to stream following its original airing on PBS.