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Sunday, April 13, 2008

South Pacfic

(zoom in to appreciate this painting)

April 5th, 2008

Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway

Kelli O'Hara - Nellie Forbush
Paulo Szot - Emile de Becque
Loretta Ables Sayre - Bloody Mary
Matthew Morrison - Lt. Joseph Cable
Danny Burstein - Luther Billis

I can't imagine a more solid version of this production. Vocally, Kelli O'Hara is spot on. Add to this her unforced Southern charm, and you have the perfectly appealing Nellie. Loretta Ables Sayre was a very desperately intense Bloody Mary; her voice was more sweet and sultry than booming, which was a nice surprise on Bali Ha'i. Matthew Morrison, as always, was in great voice, and evoked sympathy as the young Lt. in love. Paulo Szot was a very traditional Emile, with a wide, deep vibrato. Last but not least, I can't leave Danny Burstein out... he really added some life and punch to the production as the scheming, lovable Luther Billis.

The vast Vivian Beaumont stage made for great opportunities. Airplanes, jeeps, a breezy plantation-like sun-room, and the rolling dunes on a beach made you believe you were on a war-time South Pacific island. We really enjoyed the performance and our first visit to the Vivian Beaumont (only 12 more theatres before we'll have seen a production in every house on Broadway).

Laura Linney was in the audience with us.

(This is the first of 3 productions I will post reviews of from last week's visit to Broadway)



Blogger carli said...

Do they ever explain why that character is called STEW POT?

As I told you, not my favorite show by a long shot, but I love that "Nothing Like a Dame" song and have been listening to it a lot over the past week.

Thank you for the good thoughts for the kit. He appears to be on the mend--walking a lot more, not limping as much.

I, however, totally messed up my shin and am headed to the podiatrist tomorrow.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I LOVE South Pacific!

7:36 AM  

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