The story is set in the fictional Pacific British Colony of Samola (Samola was the original title) during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1860s. It involves a visiting operatic Prima Donna and her conflict between love and career. Graham Payn was her love interest Kerry Stirling. Snobbishness became the main language of the plot led by the island's colonial establishment.
The Times said: "This mild romance with its abundance of easy theatrical sentiment so gracefully expressed has precisely the same climate, and there are moments, as one pretty song succeeds another, when we rather hanker after a tropical storm."
"Miss Mary Martin sings the heroine with much assurance and charm, and Mr Graham Payn is fully equal to the demands made on her 'opposite number'."
The Manchester Guardian thought the first act fell "entirely flat" and judged the whole show old-fashioned, but praised the cast and the production.
The Observer: "This operetta is an orgy of good taste, and people who are nervous of that quality may be comforted by knowing that there is plenty of honest dullness in the very conventional plot."
Mary Martin was the lead, with Graham Payn and Maidie Andrews, Sylvia Cecil and Winifred Ingram heading a large cast.