Some Enchanted Evenings: The Top Ten Broadway Musical Revivals

By Ben Rimalower
22 Feb 2014

Paulo Szot and Kelli O'Hara
Photo by Joan Marcus

South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher, 2008

South Pacific features what is probably Rodgers & Hammerstein's richest score. Certainly the Overture is a truly glorious piece of music, or the sequence of "Twin Soliloquies" leading into "Some Enchanted Evening." The 2008 Lincoln Center Theater revival (the show's first Broadway revival since its premiere in 1949) successfully confronted the main obstacle facing any production of South Pacific: How to hit all these emotional heights without coming across as saccharine. Bartlett Sher's elegant production sumptuously designed by Michael Yeargan, ennobled the material with an epic scope that invigorated the experience. This majestic incarnation was worth the wait.