Rodgers: South Pacific [First complete recording]

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Rodgers: South Pacific [First complete recording]
Justino Diaz & Paige O'Hara / 1996 Cast with national Symphony Orchestra, John Owen Edwards

[ Jay Digital / 2 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Saturday 17 May 1997

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South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The plot is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific and combines elements of several of those stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein believed they could write a musical based on Michener's work that would be financially successful and, at the same time, send a strong progressive message on racism. (ClassicsToday)

Paige O'Hara makes a perky Nellie Forbush, a really believable and likable "cockeyed optimist"; Pat Suzuki is a solid and warm Bloody Mary, who brings warmth and seductiveness to "Bali Ha'i"; and Sean McDermott plays a virile Lt. Cable, giving a powerhouse rendition of "You've Got to be Carefully Taught". The other singers, as well as the chorus, are absolutely first rate.

The orchestra is the best on any recording of this show, and conductor John Owen Edwards, who helms most Jay recordings, seems to know this music like the back of his hand.


Act One
1-1 Overture 7:14
1-2 Dites-Moi 1:29
1-3 A Cockeyed Optimist 2:10
1-4 Twin Soliloquies 3:35
1-5 Some Enchanted Evening 3:11
1-6 Finaletto 1:40
1-7 Bloody Mary 2:10
1-8 There Is Nothin' Like A Dame 3:56
1-9 Mary And Lootellan 1:33
1-10 Bali H'ai 4:07
1-11 Cable Hears Bali H'ai 4:15
1-12 Company Street 2:00
1-13 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair 4:30
1-14 Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise) 3:52
1-15 A Wonderful Guy 4:30
1-16 Bali H'ai (Girls Reprise) 2:42
1-17 Younger Than Springtime 6:44
1-18 A Wonderful Guy (Reprise) 1:17
1-19 This Is How It Feels 2:17
1-20 Finale Act One 3:24

Act Two
2-1 Entr'acte 3:26
2-2 Opening Act Two 1:45
2-3 Entrace Of Liat 1:14
2-4 Happy Talk 4:29
2-5 Incidental/Younger Than Springtime (Reprise) 2:16
2-6 Honey Bun 4:23
2-7 You've Got To Be Carefully Taught 1:48
2-8 This Nearly Was Mine 4:51
2-9 After Emile's Solo 1:20
2-10 Communications Established 2:20
2-11 Communications Discontinued 4:05
2-12 Operation Alligator 0:58
2-13 Honey Bun (Reprise) 2:02
2-14 Finale Ultimo 1:57
2-15 Exit Music 2:56