1967 Lincoln Center Revival
On June 12, 1967, the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center opened a lauded revival of South Pacific starring Florence Henderson as Nellie Forbush and Giorgio Tozzi as Emile de Becque. Tozzi, a Metropolitan Opera veteran, was already familiar with the text, having dubbed his singing voice for Rossano Brazzi in the film adaptation. Though this production, helmed by Joe Layton, was a limited engagement, it was so highly acclaimed that a cast recording, produced by Edward Kleban, was released on July 26, 1967.
In a limited engagement revival at the New York State Theatre under the banner of the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center, Florence Henderson and Giorgio Tozzi starred as Ensign Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque in a production reconceived by Joe Layton. This cast album of the production was recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City in June of 1967 and released the following month. Featuring Robert Russell Bennett’s original orchestrations, the recording was conducted by Jonathan Anderson and produced by Ed Kleban, who later gained fame as the lyricist of A Chorus Line.