South Pacific

At the Tony Awards on this date in 1950, the musical “South Pacific” was a big winner. It marked a crowning achievement for Texarkana native Joshua Logan.

Logan won Tony Awards as the show’s writer, producer and director. “South Pacific” was named Best Musical and remains one of the most popular Broadway shows ever. 

The musical starred Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza. It was based on the novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James Michener and had music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. 

During a long career, Logan also directed motion pictures. 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT 

-- 2019: Golden native Kacey Musgraves appears on an episode of “Extra.”

-- 2014:  Dustin Ybarra, who lived in Daingerfield as a youth, is a guest on “Chelsea Lately” talk show.

-- 2013: Adam Mayfield, who grew up in Texarkana, stars in the TV movie “The Preacher’s Daughter.”  

-- 2008: Longview native Forest Whitaker is a guest on “American Idol.”

-- 2008: As a contestant on “American Idol,” Jason Castro, of Rowlett, appears on the first of back-to-back episodes of “Entertainment Tonight.”

-- 2004:”The Alamo,” a movie directed and co-written by Longview native John Lee Hancock, hits theaters.

-- 2004: Terrell native Jamie Foxx is a guest on “Tavis Smiley.”

-- 2002: Quitman native Sissy Spacek appears on an episode of “Intimate Portrait” about Loretta Lynn.

-- 1994: Kilgore native Van Cliburn’s recording of Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 peaks at No. 8 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.

-- 1991: Rusk native Caroline Williams has a guest role on “Shannon’s Deal.” 

-- 1989: Honey Grove native Bill Erwin is seen in a guest role on “Moonlighting.”

-- 1985: Gilmer native Johnny Mathis appears as himself on “Ryan’s Hope.” 

-- 1984: At the Academy Awards, Quitman native Sissy Spacek, and Tommy Tune, who attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, are presenters.

-- 1983: “The Rhythm & the Blues” by Naples native Z.Z. Hill reaches No. 16 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 

-- 1979: Tyler native Sandy Duncan is a celebrity player on “The $10,000 Pyramid.”

-- 1979: Gilmer native Johnny Mathis performs at the Academy Awards.

-- 1977: “24 Great Hits by (Kosse native) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” peaks at No. 39 on the BillBoard Top Country Albums chart.  

-- 1977: Palestine native Gene Watson’s “Paper Rosie” peaks at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 

-- 1962: At the Academy Awards, “Fanny,” produced and directed by Texarkana native Joshua Logan, is a nominee for Best Motion Picture. Gilmer native Johnny Mathis performs at the ceremony.

-- 1960 Gilmer native Johnny Mathis’ “Starbright” peaks at No. 25 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

-- 1943: Posey native Eddie Dean and Harrison County native Stuart Hamblen appear in “King of the Cowboys” starring Roy Rogers.

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