Yesterday while driving the kids around all over Sydney … I was listening to my iPod on random in the car and I came across Alfie Boe singing ‘Some Enchanted Evening’. And I got daydreaming about performing in South Pacific with some of the singers I admire. I used to love singing. Singing is one of those things that I used to love to do pre-children and haven’t been able to take forward. But every once in a while I like to daydream about performing some of the music I love with performers I admire … and today it is South Pacific. South Pacific is a beautiful musical that I think has some really important messages that are just as relevant today as they were in the 1940s when it was first performed … but wait … you don’t know anything about South Pacific … well here is a short introduction from Wikipedia.
South Pacific is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The plot draws from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, combining elements of several of the stories in that book. The musical centers on an American nurse stationed at a U.S. Naval base during World War II who falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A second romance concerns a U.S. lieutenant who falls in love with a young Asian woman. The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most pointedly in the song, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”.
South Pacific is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals. The musical premiered in 1949 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. Several of its songs, including “Bali Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Happy Talk”, “Younger than Springtime” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”, have become popular standards. The Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production ever to have won all four Tony Awards for acting. The show was a critical and box office hit and has since enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, spawning a 1958 film and other adaptations. The 2008 Broadway revival was a strong success, winning seven Tonys including Best Musical Revival.
For me it is one of those musicals that I have loved since I was a kid. But at the same time it is one that as I have got older I have come to like it for different reasons and also got something different out of different casts and interpretations. … So who would I cast with me in my daydream production. Ok the easy one is me … I would love to play Nellie Forbush the female lead but who else …
Emile de Becque – Alfie Boe
This is probably the easiest one of all the roles to fill. I would love to see Alfie Boe perform in South Pacific. If you had to pick one musical that would be perfect for him South Pacific would be my first thought. In the original production the role of Emile was performed by an acclaimed opera singer, Ezio Pinza and IMHO the role suits best a person from an operatic background. Alfie could not be better suited and sings it sooo well.
Lt. Joseph Cable – Harry Connick Jr. (time machine version) or Matt Bomer
I know that this probably wouldn’t work now … but I just loved his performance of of “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” in the 2001 TV production. IMHO this is the best version of this important song. … so if I had a time machine I would have Harry Connick Jr. But otherwise if I had to be more time appropriate I would choose … hmm .. I think I would choose Matt Bomer. I am not aware that he has sung anything from South Pacific before … but I just think he would be great in this role.
Luther Billis – Matt Lucas
I love Matt Lucas and I think he would be perfect for Luther Billis. And yes part of it is because I would love to perform Honey Bun with him. I think it would just be too much fun.
Bloody Mary – Loretta Ables Sayre
She looks like she was amazing as Bloody Mary and I would have loved to see her in person.
Do you have daydreams like this? Have you had little dreams of performing on stage with those that you admire … I would love to hear.