South Pacific [2008 Broadway Cast Recording]

South Pacific [2008 Broadway Cast Recording]

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In his annotations to this cast recording of the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific, André Bishop, the artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater, acknowledges that many people asked, "Why South Pacific now?" He imagines that they asked because they felt the show was "dated," and goes on to defend it against that charge. Actually, those who wondered…  See more details below


In his annotations to this cast recording of the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific, André Bishop, the artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater, acknowledges that many people asked, "Why South Pacific now?" He imagines that they asked because they felt the show was "dated," and goes on to defend it against that charge. Actually, those who wondered why a revival would be undertaken in 2008 were questioning whether it was advisable to revive a show that had been done so frequently over the years. Bishop refers to this as "the first Broadway revival" since the original 1949 production, forgetting the 1967 revival undertaken by Lincoln Center itself, or perhaps disregarding that one since it was a limited engagement done during the summer. This is indeed the first open-ended run of South Pacific on Broadway since the original. But in one manifestation or another the work has never been away for long, and in the young 21st century already there had been both a disastrous television adaptation in 2001 with Glenn Close miscast in the starring role of Ensign Nellie Forbush and a 2005 concert version performed at Carnegie Hall and also broadcast on TV with a delightful Reba McEntire as Nellie; each produced an album. Since the 2008 stage revival was well received, yet another album was inevitable, but it only serves as a souvenir of the production. The cast, led by Kelli O'Hara and featuring Paulo Szot as her love interest, Emile de Becque (who sings "Some Enchanted Evening"), Matthew Morrison as Lt. Joseph Cable (who sings "Younger Than Springtime"), and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary (who sings "Bali Ha'i"), is talented, but won't make anyone forget such predecessors as Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza from the original production (which is more of a problem on an album than it is live in the theater). The producers have turned in a longer than usual disc by including plenty of reprises and some bits of dialogue. This version includes "My Girl Back Home," a minor song that was cut from the original stage production in tryouts, but added back for the 1958 movie. Wisely, the original orchestrations of Robert Russell Bennett have been retained, and they sound as good as ever. O'Hara, who should be the centerpiece of the show, is more restrained than she was in a 2006 revival of The Pajama Game, seemingly looking for a light touch. An Oklahoma native herself, she makes some slight attempts at a generic Southern accent for Nellie, who is supposed to be from nearby Arkansas. But she doesn't really cut loose, at least on this recording of the production, and that's typical of other performances on the disc, which makes this an unusually tame version of South Pacific.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times - Charles McNulty
The entire company, magnificently supported by a 30-piece orchestra, is transported by a melodious score that is one of musical theater's loveliest definitions of timelessness.
San Francisco Chronicle - Robert Hurwitt
A keeper. This is a "South Pacific" to be treasured.

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  1. Act 1. Overture  - Ted Sperling
  2. Act 1. Dites-moi  - Luka Kain
  3. Act 1. A cockeyed optimist  - Kelli O'Hara
  4. Act 1. Twin Soliloquies  - Paulo Szot
  5. Act 1. Some Enchanted Evening  - Paulo Szot
  6. Act 1. Bloody Mary
  7. Act 1. There is Nothin' Like a Dame  - Danny Burstein
  8. Act 1. Bali ha'i  - Loretta Ables Sayre
  9. Act 1. My Girl Back Home  - Kelli O'Hara
  10. Act 1. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair  - Kelli O'Hara
  11. Act 1. Reprise: Some Enchanted Evening  - Paulo Szot
  12. Act 1. A Wonderful Guy  - Kelli O'Hara
  13. Act 1. Reprise: Bali ha'i
  14. Act 1. Younger than Springtime  -  Matthew Morrison
  15. Act 1. Reprise: Wonderful Guy  - Paulo Szot
  16. Act 1. This is How It Feels  - Paulo Szot
  17. Act 1. Finale Act 1  - Paulo Szot
  18. Act 2. Entr'acte  - Kelli O'Hara
  19. Act 2. Happy Talk  - Loretta Ables Sayre
  20. Act 2. Reprise: Younger Than Springtime  -  Matthew Morrison
  21. Act 2. Honey Bun  - Kelli O'Hara
  22. Act 2. You've Got to Be Carefully Taught  -  Matthew Morrison
  23. Act 2. This Nearly Was Mine  - Paulo Szot
  24. Act 2. Reprise: Some Enchanted Evening  - Kelli O'Hara
  25. Act 2. Reprise: Honey Bun
  26. Act 2. Finale Ultimo  - Laurissa Romain

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Carlisle   Horn
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Karl Kawahara   Violin
Marcus Rojas   Trombone
Laura Seaton   Violin
Richard Brice   Viola
Wayne duMaine   Trumpet
Rena Isbin   Violin
Chris Komer   Horn
David Blinn   Viola
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Dominic Derasse   Trumpet
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Elizabeth Mann   Flute
Belinda Whitney   Violin,Concert Master
David Calhoun   Cello
Barry Centanni   Timpani
Matthew Dine   Oboe,Cor anglais
Grace Paradise   Harp
Ted Sperling   Conductor
Peter Donovan   Bass
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Danny Burstein   Vocals
Michael Nicholas   Violin
Shelagh Abate   Horn
Michael Boschen   Trombone
Shari Hoffman   Clarinet
Claire Chan   Violin
Bill Lanham   Percussion,Drums
David Creswell   Viola
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Peter Sachon   Cello
James Tsao   Violin
Matthew Morrison   Vocals
Todd Palmer   Clarinet
Ronald Lawrence   Viola
Loretta Ables Sayre   Vocals
Wayne J. du Maine   Trumpet
Nick Mayo   Vocals
Kelli O'Hara   Vocals
Gareth Flowers   Horn
Mark Patterson   Trombone
South Pacific Cast Ensemble   Ensemble
Katherine Livolsi-Stern   Violin
Ron Lawrence   Viola
Laurissa Romain   Vocals
Lisa Stokes-Chin   Bass
Charles Chateau   Cello
Dominique Derasse   Trumpet
Luka Kain   Vocals
Damian Primis   Bassoon
Genson Blimline   Vocals
Paulo Szot   Vocals
Robert Lenzi   Vocals
Jeremy Davies   Vocals
Michael Nicholas   Violin

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Caddick   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist,Book
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
André Bishop   Liner Notes
James McMullan   Cover Art
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Ted Sperling   Producer
Ira Weitzman   Liner Notes
David Lai   Producer
John Yakubik   Marketing
Joshua Logan   Book
Elizabeth A. Wright   Product Development
Matthew Markoff   Company Manager
Jessica Perlmeter Cochrane   Assistant Management
Elisabeth Ladwig   Graphic Design
Elizabeth A. Wright   Product Development

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South Pacific [2008 Broadway Cast Recording] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MermaidSong More than 1 year ago
I saw the play on Broadway and had to get this. LOVE IT. It's like bringing the cast into your living room.
pat402 More than 1 year ago
This CD is wonderful. I went to see the Broadway show twice this year and these are the people who were in the play I saw. I truly love Nellie enthusiasm and voice. It is a beautiful play. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago