The previous reviewer is incorrect, "Stranger in Paradise" is from Kismet not South Pacific and Paulo Szot's warm, rich baritone was never inaudible in this wonderful production. Szot won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical and this terrific production won 7 Tonys, the most a musical revival has ever won. Both Kelli O'Hara, who captured the essence of Nellie Forbush from "Small Rock," and Loretta Ables Sayre, who showed the dark desperate side of Bloody Mary, were also nominated for Tonys. O'Hara and Szot were a great romantic pairing, and I thought both their acting and singing far surpassed that of Mitzi Gaynor and Rosanno Brazzi, paired in the 1958 movie. This production just seemed to flesh out the characters and their situation, it's serious and moving.
It's great to hear a really big orchestra performing that sweeping music, the sound and production values seem to me to be near perfect, amazing considering it's a live performance. Heart felt performances from all, superb voices do justice to the timeless songs.
This production brought South Pacific back to life, I'm just sorry Lincoln Center's unwillingness to release DVD's or to allow PBS stations to air the show again will prevent others from experiencing this tremendous version of the classic musical. Considering all the dubbing in the movie version and the color experimentation that went awry, this is THE version of the musical that should be available to everybody. Come on PBS and Lincoln Center, let us see it!
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