Some favorite interpretations of the 'South Pacific' hit parade
The arrival of "South Pacific" at the Hippodrome has had my head filled again with the great songs from that Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
The score is packed with superbly crafted words and music, always in service to the plot. Hearing in them in context is wonderful, of course, especially in the revival brilliantly conceived by Bartlett Sher (the production now in Baltimore is the second national tour).
But the songs from this show have long enjoyed a life outside the theater, and I thought I'd share a few of the many interpretations that have left an impression on me.
I'll begin with a remarkable pop singer who ...
put a haunting stamp on "Some Enchanted Evening" back in the 1970s, Jane Olivor. Next, some cool studio video of Frank Sinatra recording "Younger Than Springtime." I'm not sure it can be sung any better. You knew I would have to work Barbra into this, and I did, attaching her in-concert version of "A Cockeyed Optimist."