South Pacific Reviews
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HDAD from Cincinnati, Ohio
I'm sitting at my PC this morning still basking in the glow of South Pacific, which I saw last night. The show was fabulous; undoubtedly one of the best I've seen in a long time. My seat was perfect (5 rows back, just right of center and about 10 feet from the stage, just above eye level - incredible). The cast, Kelly O'Hara as Nellie, Paulo Czot (a Brazilian opera singer) as Emile and Matthew Morrison as Lt. Cable, were all suberb, bringing rich voices and subtle nuances to their roles. The set was minimalist yet perfect and the music was culled from Richard Rodgers original score and was presented with a full 30 piece orchestra. The stage was actually right over the pit which brought the action very up close and personal. I met a couple at intermission who saw the original production back in '49 with Mary Martin. They were now in their early 80s and had made a special trip into the city. It was a privilege to meet them and hear their thoughts about the original production.
RitaSue Siegel from New York, NY
THE MOST ROMANTIC SHOW EVER
When I was growing up, my mother would listen to the Enzio Pinza/Mary Martin cast album over and over. She saw the show and loved it. My mother died on April 1, 2008 and my husband bought me a ticket to the show for July to see while he was away for a month. I have never enjoyed any type of entertainment more. I knew the words to every song and thought of my mother all the way through crying my eyes out. I now have the cast album for this production and play it over and over. THe songs are so of the moment and project universal feelings. Paul Szot and Kelly have so much chemistry and seem to be feeling real emotions which makes for an unforgetable evening of great music, great story, great singing, great acting. It's too bad it had to end but it is a great gift to the public to produce such an exceptional event. It is priceless.
Dr. Burnet B. Sumner from Martha\'s Vineyard most of the time, but you can find me in San Francisco.
SOUTH PACIFIC, 2008 REVIVAL
I first heard the music to this musical when I was three years old; my parents had brought the 33 1/2 record back from N.Y.C. I cannot tell you why South Pacific, Ezio Pinza, Mary Martin, and all those characters captured me, but they did--for life. I was fearful upon making reservations to see the "Revival." No way could it ring true--just as the film did not. I know the words and the music by heart. ABSOLUTELY, WITHOUT QUESTION, THIS PRODUCTION WAS NOT ONLY PERFECT, BUT PROFOUND. AND, IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT THIS WAS NOT JUST WWII, BUT NOW. THE PASSION IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE. I LOVE IT EVEN MORE--HAVING SEEN SUCH A SUPERB PRODUCTION. CONGRATULATIONS!
Susan Jackson from San Francisco, CA
BEST BEAUTIFUL EVER
I have seen a LOT of theatre, and prefer the heavy stuff, but knowing that Bartlett Sher directed this (HE DID AWAKE AND SING!) I took a chance, saw a preview, had the best seat in the Center and cried all the way through. I even got a letter to the editor published in the New York Times as a result of this musical (inspired by an article by Frank Rich). WHATEVER YOU DO IN YOUR LIFE, DON"T MISS THIS! THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOW I HAVE EVER WITNESSED! ever, and that includes Royal Shakespeare Co, Kevin Spacey (sorry Kevin) and Vanessa Redgrave (sorry Ms. Redgrave!)
Oscar from kinderhook ny usa
AN AMALGAM OF HISTORY
Such an important show- a wonderful amalgam of US,societal, cultural and broadway history. WWII, stage drama, a Rogers and Hammerstein gem with live music wrapped in a production that dares our society to face racial prejudice-this show is so complete a masterpiece that the viewer is humbled in it's presence. I tried to pretend I was seeing the original production and experiencing the score de novo. The show in this theater is at once intimate and a grand production of a broadway classic.
Anoymous from Texas
I saw this show last Thursday evening with my mother and father on a trip to NYC. It was exceptional and one of the best shows we saw while we were in the city. The only down side was that Kelli O'Hara was not in the cast that night and her understudy took her place. While she was very good, I only wish we had had the original. Paulo Szot was fantastic and his voice magnificent! He was worth the price we paid for our tickets to the sold out show. I encourage anyone that is looking for a show to attend that this is the one!
John Asmussen from Henderson, NV
AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE
I managed to wrangle two tickets for this magnificent production one evening last week. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a Broadway musical more. The singing, the sets, the energy of the cast, and the rich score beautifully interpreted by the huge (by Broadway standards) orchestra, and the incredible voices of Paulo Szot and Kelli O'Hara all combined to make for an unforgettable evening. It was truly "Some enchanted evening," and I haven't stopped humming the tunes ever since...
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