Sunday,
April 20

 
CULTURE

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On a rainy opening night on March 29, 1951, creators of the Broadway musical The King and I had only one wish as they anxiously paced backstage at the St. James Theatre – that their brand new baby would be better than its predecessor South Pacific. Looking back, the dream team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) needn't have worried. Sixty years later, their treasured musical continues to be a standard choice for community theatre productions around the world, featuring tunes that still stand out as some of the most identifiable movie music in the history of Hollywood. This summer, San Pedro Playhouse invites patrons to walk down memory lane with a production that reminds us that, when set to music, polygamy, slavery, and murder never really go out of style.

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