For those of us who are not night owls, the personal "off switch" means no intelligent activity beyond a certain time. For me, that time is around 10 P.M. A book, movie, or tv show has to be over-the-top compelling to keep me up much later than that.
The Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theatre production of South Pacific is beyond compelling - what an awesome show!
I had fallen asleep watching Charlie Rose on Detroit PBS and awoke to singing. The singing turned out to be the Lincoln Center production on Live at Lincoln Center (Aug 18) and, always loving South Pacific, I just had to watch for a little while, which ended up being the whole show - final curtain at 1:30 A.M.(PDT).
The Rodgers and Hammerstein original Broadway production in 1949 won ten Tony Awards. Mary Martin and Enzo Pinza played the roles of Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque. The story is based on James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific.
Since then, there have been several famous productions around the world.
In 2001, a made-for-tv movie starred Glenn Close and Rade Serbedzija as Nellie and Emile. Reba McEntire, Alec Baldwin, and Brian Stokes Mitchell starred in a concert version at Lincoln Center in 2005.
There have been many other concerts/productions/ travelling shows worldwide. The famous score probably guarantees further productions, as does the subject.
It's hard for any book, movie, or stage production to "bump" a previous favourite, but this most recent Broadway revival at Lincoln Center (since 2008) has almost done it for me - at the very least, this production is tied for first place. Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot make a perfect Nellie and Emile.
Yesterday was the last performance of the Lincoln Center production, which has won seven Tonys. I am so glad to have seen this.
The video is a montage of the production.
(The above link to the Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theatre has a link to re-broadcast schedules for PBS and to the schedule for the travelling version.)