South Pacific [2008 Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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.

A keeper. This is a "South Pacific" to be treasured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886973045725
  • Catalog Number: 730457
  • Sales rank: 11,912

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture - Ted Sperling (5:40)
  2. 2 Act 1. Dites-moi - Luka Kain (0:43)
  3. 3 Act 1. A cockeyed optimist - Kelli O'Hara (1:37)
  4. 4 Act 1. Twin Soliloquies - Paulo Szot (2:37)
  5. 5 Act 1. Some Enchanted Evening - Paulo Szot (2:57)
  6. 6 Act 1. Bloody Mary (1:44)
  7. 7 Act 1. There is Nothin' Like a Dame - Danny Burstein (3:55)
  8. 8 Act 1. Bali ha'i - Loretta Ables Sayre (3:51)
  9. 9 Act 1. My Girl Back Home - Kelli O'Hara (1:42)
  10. 10 Act 1. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - Kelli O'Hara (3:50)
  11. 11 Act 1. Reprise: Some Enchanted Evening - Paulo Szot (2:55)
  12. 12 Act 1. A Wonderful Guy - Kelli O'Hara (3:17)
  13. 13 Act 1. Reprise: Bali ha'i (1:07)
  14. 14 Act 1. Younger than Springtime - Matthew Morrison (2:48)
  15. 15 Act 1. Reprise: Wonderful Guy - Paulo Szot (1:05)
  16. 16 Act 1. This is How It Feels - Paulo Szot (1:54)
  17. 17 Act 1. Finale Act 1 - Paulo Szot (2:02)
  18. 18 Act 2. Entr'acte - Kelli O'Hara (2:46)
  19. 19 Act 2. Happy Talk - Loretta Ables Sayre (4:00)
  20. 20 Act 2. Reprise: Younger Than Springtime - Matthew Morrison (0:47)
  21. 21 Act 2. Honey Bun - Kelli O'Hara (2:36)
  22. 22 Act 2. You've Got to Be Carefully Taught - Matthew Morrison (1:59)
  23. 23 Act 2. This Nearly Was Mine - Paulo Szot (4:25)
  24. 24 Act 2. Reprise: Some Enchanted Evening - Kelli O'Hara (1:35)
  25. 25 Act 2. Reprise: Honey Bun (0:56)
  26. 26 Act 2. Finale Ultimo - Laurissa Romain (1:47)
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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
Loretta Ables Sayre Vocals
Robert Lenzi Vocals
Jeremy Davies Vocals
Michael Nicholas Violin
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Caddick Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist, Book
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
André Bishop Liner Notes
James McMullan Cover Art
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Ted Sperling Producer
Ira Weitzman Liner Notes
David Lai Producer, Digital Editing
Isaiah Abolin Digital Editing
John Yakubik Marketing
Joshua Logan Book
Elizabeth A. Wright Product Development
Matthew Markoff Company Manager
Jessica Perlmeter Cochrane Assistant Management
Victor P. Anesini Mastering
Elisabeth Ladwig Graphic Design
Elizabeth A. Wright Product Development
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    SOUTH PACIFIC

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just like Broadway!

    I saw the play on Broadway and had to get this. LOVE IT. It's like bringing the cast into your living room.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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