Aug 19, 2010 — What an enchanted evening tonight will be when PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” presents the 7-time Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific. You can watch it locally on two PTS stations: WETA, Channel 26 at 8pm, re-broadcast on Aug 19 at 1am, 6am and 2pm, and again on Aug 20 at 2am, and Maryland Public Television at 8pm and re-broadcast Thursday, Aug 19 at 3am and again on Sat, Aug 21 at 7pm.
Directed by Tony Award winner director Bartlett Sher, the production is being telecast live from Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre – five days before the critically acclaimed production closes on August 22nd. South Pacific, which DCTS columnist Richard Seff called “blazingly good”, received Tony awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Costumes, Best Lighting, Best Sound, and Best Actor in a Musical (Paul Szot).
Tony winner Paulo Szot (Emile de Becque ) and Tony nominees Kelli O’Hara, (Nellie Forbush), Loretta Ables Sayre (Bloody Mary) and Danny Burstein (Luther Billis) join Andrew Samonsky (Lt. Cable) (which “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison originated in the revival).
Joining them are cast members Eric Anderson, Sean Cullen, Christian Delcroix, Luka Kain, Li Jun Li, Laurissa Romain and Skipp Sudduth, Michael Arnold, Craig Bennett, Christian Carter, Todd Cerveris, Helmar Augustus Cooper, Margot de la Barre, Laura Marie Duncan, Jule Foldesi, Taylor Frey, Alfie Parker Jr., George Psomas, Greg Roderick, Samantha Shafer, Jason Michael Snow, Jerold E. Solomon, Rob Gallagher, MaryAnn Hu, Lamae, Robert Lenzi, Peter Lockyer, Garrett Long, Nick Mayo, Liz McCartney, George Merrick, William Michals, Marla Mindelle, Kimber Monroe, and Correy West.
A 30-piece orchestra, playing the original 1949 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, will accompany this amazing cast as they sing the popular score which includes “Some Enchanted Evening “Younger Than Springtime,” “Happy Talk,” “Younger Than Springtime”, “Bali H’ai”, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”, “Wonderful Guy,” and “There Is Nothing Like a Dame.”
The revival of South Pacific opened Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. When it closes on Sunday, August 22, 2010, it will become the longest running Broadway revival of a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
Here’s a trailer for tonight’s performance
There is nothing like this show and this production will leave you with a Bali high.