At 60, "South Pacific" remains a rare gem in the canon of musical theater.
Its staying power is such that almost everyone has an opinion about it. Does it reflect the worst elements of naivete, with its overriding emphasis on love-at-first-sight on an exotic island? Or does it mark the moment musicals came of age, with its open confrontation of racism amid one of the most vicious wars ever fought?
Everyone has their opinion. Regardless of disagreements, though, everyone carries a soft spot for the musical's soundtrack, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair."