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I've never seen or heard this show. I'm curious, what with hearing about the current New York production and seeing it praised by a lot of people on this board. I can't see a live production. So what would you recommend as the best recorded version of this show to experience? And what should I avoid like the plague? I've heard there are a few movie/telemovie versions, and cast recordings of course, and then there's the libretto. (I'm only looking for legal options.)


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Personally, I am not a fan of the film version of "South Pacific" - the adaptation really doesn't do justice to the original show.
I would recommend the original Broadway cast recording with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza.

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I like the film alot. except the color changes. and john Kerr.

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The story was kept pretty much intact in the movie, and most of the songs are there. I agree with Salome that the colorization was awful and distracting. If you can get past that and watch the performances the movie is OK. IMHO Standout performances were:
Ray Walston - Luther Billis
Juanita Hill - Bloody Mary
France Nuyen - Liat (she doesn't speak a word, but her acting was great)

Mizzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi both do a credible job in the lead roles.

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credible? Mitzi was prettier and just as spunky as mry Martin. and who wouldnt want to sleep with Brazzi as Emile...he was pure sex!

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Yes, the film soundtrack is an excellent recording, except that sometimes I find it wanting in that little bit of spunk. The OBC recording is fine too. Yet, might I also try to recommend the 2002 Trevor Nunn revival with Lauren Kennedy and Philip Quast? I find I rather like that later recording for its freshness, energy and superb sound.


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I don't know the show well enough yet to swear on it's fidelity to the original (in rehearsal now for January production!) but I just saw it performed on Kauai - where the movie was filmed I believe - and I thought they did a good job except I wasn't impressed with the singing of the guy who played Emille... his voice is opera trained and difficult to listen to. (my opinion... others really enjoyed him)


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Emile is supposed to have a classically trained (opera as you said) sound.


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yumadome wrote:
I don't know the show well enough yet to swear on it's fidelity to the original (in rehearsal now for January production!) but I just saw it performed on Kauai - where the movie was filmed I believe - and I thought they did a good job except I wasn't impressed with the singing of the guy who played Emille... his voice is opera trained and difficult to listen to. (my opinion... others really enjoyed him)


I saw a prodution on Kauai 2 years ago (was it at the Raddison). At the time I thought the leads did a decent job, but the supporting cast was lacksulter. The production values were high school level at best. Have they upgraded the production since then?

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