An Enlightened South Pacific?

During my sophomore year of high school, I acted (I guess you can call it that) in my synagogue’s production of South Pacific.  I really like the musical, as I do most productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

I just rewatched the DVD with my family today and was thinking about just how much I enjoy this musical.  There is a lot going on here and it has some of my favorite love songs, some of which are included below.  I noticed something though during this viewing of South Pacific that I had missed previously: the show may be “revolutionary” in terms of its pushing the limits with interracial love and marriage.

South Pacific actually has elements of a diversity lesson in it – that skin color is not as important as feelings or who people actually are.  A white person and a Polynesian person can fall in love, have children, marry, etc.  More importantly, South Pacific shows a key lesson through this: hate, prejudice, and discrimination are learned – i.e. you are not born hating other people.  This is a great truth and something that I hope got highlighted at the time of the show’s popularity as well.

Here is the song, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”, although not the original version:

Some of my favorite songs, in various renditions: