South Pacific is a 1949 musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar
Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The story draws from
James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1946 book Tales of the South Pacific,
weaving together characters and elements from several of its stories into a
single plotline. The musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. The issue
of racial prejudice was sensitively and candidly explored, particularly in the
musical theater of 1949.