Sunday, November 27, 2011
It’s another cold Sunday, so it’s time to go somewhere warm, at least for the next 90 minutes. Today we will join Rodgers and Hammerstein in South Pacific, one of the greatest musicals of all time. Filled with classic songs, it tells the story of 2 couples during World War II, and how racial prejudice causes problems between both couples. One couple ends up with a happy ending, the other does not.
This musical has won so many awards, it would take pages to list them all. It has been filmed, revived, and done everywhere from Broadway to high schools.
We are listening to the 2005 concert version, with Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile, Alec Baldwin as Luther Billis and Lillias White as Bloody Mary.
Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Book Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Basis Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener