South Pacific [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

South Pacific [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, is one of the team's greatest and most universal works. The richly textured cast album features Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush, the American nurse in love with an older Frenchman, played by opera star Ezio Pinza.


South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, is one of the team's greatest and most universal works. The richly textured cast album features Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush, the American nurse in love with an older Frenchman, played by opera star Ezio Pinza. South Pacific expertly balances their unusual love story with pungent social commentary, notably in the famous antihatred lyrics of "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught." Martin's powerful vocals on "A Cockeyed Optimist," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," and "A Wonderful Guy" are thrilling, as are Rodgers and Hammerstein classics "Younger Than Springtime" and "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame." Still, it's Pinza's breathtaking "Some Enchanted Evening" and "This Nearly Was Mine" that will leave you with a lump in your throat.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's fourth musical, South Pacific, was based on several stories in James A. Michener's book Tales of the South Pacific, specifically two that dealt with wartime romances complicated by racial issues. Lyricist and co-librettist Hammerstein explored the relationship between an older French planter with two young half-Polynesian children and a young American nurse, and between an American lieutenant and a native girl. The cultural contrasts were supported by musical ones: The score veered between lush, operatic ballads ("Some Enchanted Evening," "This Nearly Was Mine") and earthy comedic numbers ("There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair"). The story also allowed Rodgers & Hammerstein to portray the rough-edged, lusty character of U.S. servicemen and to present music with an exotic flavor ("Bali Ha'i"). The result was a massive hit. Opening on Broadway April 7, 1949, South Pacific ran 1,925 performances, longer than any musical before it except Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! The score was even more popular, if possible. At a time when many different record companies might put out their own covers of a popular song, "Some Enchanted Evening" was a Top Ten hit for no less than six artists, with Perry Como's version hitting number one. Margaret Whiting beat out three chart competitors for the top version of "A Wonderful Guy." But it was the original Broadway cast album that was the real blockbuster. Released at a time when record formats were changing, it came out on 78s, EPs, and an early 12" LP, and became the longest running number one hit in history.

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Performance Credits

André Kostelanetz   Conductor,Track Performer
Mandy Patinkin   Track Performer
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
José Carreras   Track Performer
Mary Martin   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Juanita Hall   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Kiri Te Kanawa   Track Performer
Ambrosian Singers   Track Performer
Ezio Pinza   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Eugene Smith   Vocals,cast
Billy Tabbert   Vocals,cast
Bill Dwyer   Vocals,cast
Jim Hawthorne   Vocals,cast
Mardi Bayne   Vocals,cast
Don Fellows   Vocals,cast
Thomas Gleason   Vocals,cast
Pat Northrop   Vocals,cast
Fred Sadoff   Vocals,cast
Alan Gilbert   Vocals,cast
Biff McGuire   Vocals,cast
Billy Ferguson   Vocals
Evelyn Colby   Vocals,cast
Sandra Deel   Vocals,cast
Michael DeLeon   Vocals,cast
Noel DeLeon   Vocals,cast
Dickinson Eastham   Vocals,cast
Richard Ferguson   cast
Jacqueline Fisher   Vocals,cast
Jack Fontan   Vocals,cast
Richard Loo   Vocals,cast
Roslyn Lowe   Vocals,cast
Barbara Luna   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Myron McCormick   Vocals,cast
Gloria Meli   Vocals,cast
Henry Michel   Vocals,cast
Alex Nicol   Vocals,cast
Mary Ann Reeve   Vocals,cast
Betta St. John   Vocals,cast
Bernice Saunders   Vocals,cast
Archie Savage   Vocals,cast
Helena Schurgot   Vocals,cast
Richard Silvera   Vocals,cast
Henry Slate   Vocals,cast
Harvey Stephens   Vocals,cast
Beau Tilden   Vocals,cast
Musa Williams   Vocals,cast
Martin Wolfson   Vocals,cast
Chin Yu   Vocals,cast
Joshua Logan   Staging
Salvatore Dell'Isola   Drums,Musical Direction

Technical Credits

Rodgers & Hammerstein   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Producer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Robert Russell Bennett   Arranger,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist,Book
Leland Hayward   Producer,Contributor
Goddard Lieberson   Producer,Original Album Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Frederick Loewe   Producer
Mort Goode   Liner Notes
Robert Waller   Engineer
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Marc Kirkeby   Liner Notes,Synopsis
Jo Mielziner   Scenery
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Chris Woehrle   Art Direction
Trude Rittman   Arranger,Dance Arrangement
Michael DeLeon   Contributor
Myron McCormick   Contributor
James A. Michener   Adaptation
Motley   Costume Design
Robert "E.S.T." Waller   Engineer
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production
Joshua Logan   Director,Contributor,Book
Salvatore Dell'Isola   Musical Director,Music Direction

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South Pacific [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My parents bought the original SOUTH PACIFIC album in 1940 on 78 rpm records. We used to play it over and over, especially because my parents had seen the original show on Broadway soon after it opened. The records were actually becoming worn. In the course of several family changes, the album disappeared. I am happy to see that this album has been re-issued in CD format, and the sound is better than ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The original sound track of South Pacific is great, but especially for me because I saw Mary Martin on stage in this production in New York where it played for a very long time. Every song was a hit! Love this album!