2008 Broadway Revival
For the first time since its original run, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved South Pacific made its official return to Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 3, 2008. This pristine revival, directed by Bartlett Sher with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, starred Kelli O’Hara as Nellie Forbush and baritone Paulo Szot as Emile de Becque. Featuring an “exuberant and infectious” Danny Burstein as Luther Billis and Matthew Morrison as Lt. Cable, the revival marked the Broadway debut of Hawaiian actress Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary. The production ran 996 performances, closing on August 22, 2010, and was broadcast as part of the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center.
Led by Kelli O’Hara and opera’s Paulo Szot (who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical), this 2008 Cast Recording of South Pacific was conducted by Ted Sperling using the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. It also notably features Danny Burstein and Loretta Ables Sayre. Recorded in April 2008, the album was released the following month.