RODGERS, RICHARD Typed letter signed to Celeste Holm regarding casting in South Pacific, 1949.
New York: 16 August 1949. One page typed letter signed "Dick" on one page of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd stationery, 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. Fine.
Opening in April 1949 and running for nearly 2000 performances, South Pacific was Rodgers and Hammerstein's most successful musical following Oklahoma! which had starred Celeste Holm. Here Rodgers begins to plan for the tour of South Pacific: "In view of the fact that the coast papers have carried reports that you are to play Nellie Forbush in SOUTH PACIFIC, this might as good a time to discuss the possibility of making the newspapers right for once..." The rumors that Celeste Holm would join the tour persisted until at least December 1949 when Rodgers finally put the matter to rest in the press. Letters from Rodgers regarding the first year of South Pacific are rare.
C The Celeste Holm Collection
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