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Bernadette Peters
What makes Broadway revivals tick
What makes Broadway revivals tick

When "South Pacific" opened on Broadway in 1949, it galvanized the public and the press. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical went on to run for five years, chalking up more than 1,900 performances. And when "South Pacific" received its first full-fledged Broadway revival nearly six decades later, the reaction was virtually the same. The 2008 production played to packed houses for 1,000 performances. Such success might not seem like a big deal in the age of "Phantom of the Opera," which is pushing 10,000 performances and may simply refuse to close — ever. But the "South Pacific" revival that reaches Baltimore this week as part of its second...