You may not know that the original production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's South Pacific
won ten Tony awards or that the 2008 Broadway revival won seven more Tonys, but you probably do know many of its songs, since they became standards: ''Bali Ha'i,'' ''I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,'' ''Some Enchanted Evening,'' ''There Is Nothing Like a Dame'' and ''I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy.'' The score includes the poignant, haunting ''This Nearly Was Mine'' and the powerful, ironic ''You've Got to Be Care-fully Taught.'' The 1949 musical, co-written by Joshua Logan, tells the saga of WWII soldiers stationed in the Pacific arena and the women they love. The story's based on James A. Michener’s best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories Tales of the South Pacific
. The musical's director, Marty Craig, reminds audiences that while the show was written in the 1940s, ''South Pacific
is about prejudice, and we're fighting the same battles today. It’s a good, solid show, the music is wonderful and audiences love it.''
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through September 21. The Players Theatre Company, Owen Theatre, 225 Metcalf, Conroe. For information, call 936-539-4090 or visit owentheatre.com. $10 to $20.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 30. Continues through Sept. 21, 2013