The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage

By Ben Rimalower
21 Sep 2013

Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot in South Pacific.
Photo by Joan Marcus

7. South Pacific

Live From Lincoln Center also broadcast Bartlett Sher's Tony-winning 2008 revival of South Pacific, starring Paulo Szot and Kelli O'Hara. It's a treat to have this sumptuous production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic preserved in tip-top shape with such an exemplary cast. You'll want good speakers on your TV when you watch this, so when the orchestra swells in all those lush, grand melodies, you can feel the power of this piece. This production vividly conjured that tropical paradise in the midst of a world war and the video brings it home admirably.