South Pacific- The Original Broadway Cast Recording Vinyl Album

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South Pacific- The Original Broadway Cast Recording Vinyl Album

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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.

The original Broadway production enjoyed immense critical and box-office success, became the second-longest running Broadway musical to that point (behind Rodgers and Hammerstein's earlier Oklahoma! (1943)), and has remained popular ever since. After they signed Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin as the leads, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote several of the songs with the particular talents of their stars in mind. The piece won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. Especially in the Southern U.S., its racial theme provoked controversy, for which its authors were unapologetic. Several of its songs, including "Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair", "Some Enchanted Evening", "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Happy Talk", "Younger Than Springtime", and "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy", have become popular standards.

The production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. Its original cast album was the bestselling record of the 1940s, and other recordings of the show have also been popular. The show has enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, spawning a 1958 film and television adaptations. The 2008 Broadway revival, a critical success, ran for 996 performances and won seven Tonys, including Best Musical Revival.

Songs on Album:

Side One
Overture – Orchestra
"Dites-Moi" – Ngana and Jerome
"A Cockeyed Optimist" – Nellie
"Twin Soliloquies" – Nellie and Emile
"Some Enchanted Evening" – Emile
"Bloody Mary" – Sailors, Seabees and Marines
"There Is Nothing Like a Dame" – Sailors, Seabees and Marines
"Bali Ha'i" – Bloody Mary, Billis and Cable

Side Two
"I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" – Nellie and Nurses
"I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" – Nellie and Nurses
"Younger Than Springtime" – Cable
"Happy Talk" – Bloody Mary
"Honey Bun" – Nellie and Girls
"You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" – Cable
"This Nearly Was Mine" – Emile
Finale ("Dites-Moi") – Nellie, Ngana, Jerome and Emile

 

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