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The Enduring Genius of Noel Coward

Once the most influential drama critic in America, George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) predicted literary oblivion for Noël Coward. “Mr. Coward occupies the successful place in our theater today that the late Clyde Fitch occupied twenty and thirty years ago,” he wrote. “Where are the plays of Fitch now? Where will the plays of Mr. Coward be when as many years have passed? As in the case of my critical reflections on Fitch in his fashionable heyday, I leave the answer to the calendar.”

South Pacific

And so at long last, the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to Shea’s this week. In New York, this revival was nearly perfect in every detail. At minimum, this will be a lush Rodgers and Hammerstein songfest. You can’t go wrong.

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