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This is me BEFORE I saw South Pacific

2.17.2010

I think these are the lowest expectations I've ever had going into a professional touring production of a musical. I highly anticipate and look forward to the company I'll be keeping (Jennifer! Kelsey! Britta! Others!), but the show itself has never had much of a draw for me. I know, I know, it's Rodgers and Hammerstein. Arguably the greatest musicals duo of all time (Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, that 'arguably' was for you). And if you read this blog, you know the sincere life-long love affair I have with The Sound of Music, my lovey-dovey feelings for The King and I, my childhood adoration of Cinderella, and, well, my great appreciation of Hugh Jackman in that one production of Oklahoma! from a few years ago. (Don't get me started on Carousel.)

I'm not sure what it is. When my sister and I watched South Pacific as kids (once, and then once again as adults), we were not fans. The color-changing, the non-Gene-Kelly-esque sailors, the overly perky and indecisive blond, and her boring foreign boyfriend who already had kids.* Not to mention the jerky young guy who hooks up with a native girl who can't communicate with him. Not exactly our thing. Give us governesses who bring music to stubborn-but-ultimately-golden-hearted men! Or princesses whose princes fall for them before they know their names! Or even cowboys.

I wish I could blame it on Mitzi Gaynor, but she's ok in Les Girls. And Rossano Brazzi, I loved him in Summertime. What gives? I'll admit there are some cute songs, but nothing I'll want to do in my someday one-woman show. But maybe I've just been in the wrong place when I've seen the movie. Or maybe I didn't give the songs enough of a chance. So tonight when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, I'll try to be swept away to Bali Ha'i.

(*I just realized Captain von Trapp and The King of Siam already had kids too. Rodgers and Hammerstein, way to make yours the Yours, Mine, And Ours of musicals. But it didn't work for me in South Pacific.)

There's this:


Wow. Just check out all the hot chemistry. It's really exciting. Thank God these two kids got together, or... zzzzz....

And then there's THIS:



I AM BORN ANEW IN MERELY THE PLACEMENT OF HIS THUMB ON HER NECK.

3 comments:

Allie said...

"There is nothing like a dame" has a special place in my heart. I'm old fashioned like that.

theresa clare said...

I couldn't agree more. I saw the musical on Sunday and really wanted to like it, but...I was not blown away.

Maryann said...

Allie, that was my favorite song of the whole night! Really fun and engaging.

And Theresa, I felt similarly! I thought neither of the love stories were believable, and if that doesn't happen, well, forget it.