Gypsy & South Pacific - Musical Mini-Series Double Feature
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South Pacific Is Gorgeous To Look At And Listen To! Newsweek
Six-time Academy ® Award Nominee Glenn Close and two-time Grammy® Award WinnerHarry Connick, Jr.lead a sensational cast in an all-new version of Rodgers & Hammerstein s beloved musical South Pacific. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by James Michener, and featuring some of the finest music ever written for the stage (Some Enchanted Evening,Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Younger Than Springtime),South Pacificspins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical island naval base during the Second World War.
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A must have for Midler fans, Gypsy fans, and anyone who loves the musical stage. digitallyobsessed.com
Emmy®, Grammy® and Golden Globe® award winner Bette Midler (Beaches, Ruthless People, Down and Out in Beverly Hills) stars as the world s most relentless stage mother, who lovingly but unremittingly drives her two daughters, June and Louise, and their small, rag-tag vaudeville troupe, across America, from theater to theater, in search of success. This movie musical extravaganza brings the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee to life through spectacular production and unforgettable songs as Everything s Coming Up Roses, Small World and Together. At its heart,is a landmark among filmed musicals, in which one of the world s most renowned stars, Bette Midler, redefines one of the Broadway theater s classic roles for a new generation. The result makes for movie and musical history and will leave you asking for an encore!
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Golden Globe ® Winner for Best Performance by an actress in a motion picture made for TV Bette Midler picture
Emmy ® Award Winner 1994 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction Michael Rafter
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"SOUTH PACIFIC": While this TV Version of "South Pacific" does not commit the great sin of the 1958 film version-- putting color filters on the camera, giving every musical number a changing color hue, far different sins are committed against this Putlizer Prize winning musical here. I love Glenn Close. She's a wonderful actress in dramas like "Dangerous Liaisons", but she is far too old and totally wrong for the role of Nellie Forbush, the young nurse forced to confront her prejudices while stationed on South Pacific islands during World War II. Since Close is the executive producer, perhaps she couldn't resist playing Nellie? In any event, her desire got in the way of good casting sense. If she loved "South Pacific", why didn't she respect the original musical? Scenes and songs are moved around and altered so much that Rodgers and Hammerstein's powerful messages are muted or missing completely. The cast, including Harry Connick, Jr., flounders around and is mostly terrible. Rodgers and Hammerstein are undoubtedly rolling in their graves over this destruction of one of their greatest musicals.
"GYPSY": By rights, Tyne Daly should have played Mama Rose in this TV Version of "Gypsy", since she had won a Tony Award for a Broadway revival. But "Gypsy" was offered to CBS with Bette Midler as a package deal. Take it, or the musical goes to NBC. CBS took it with Midler (and Ethel Merman also lost the movie version to Rosalind Russell, but that's another story).Read more ›
Ethel Merman's performance, in Gypsy's original Broadway cast, is considered by many to be one of great major musical performances of all time (think Rex Harrison and Yul Bryner). If it weren't for Ethel Merman, Bette Midler in this TV version might be my own first choice for Mama Rose. And Peter Riegert seems way more appropriately cast here than, say, Karl Malden was in the movie version (fine actor though he was).
Heck of a bargain getting these two war horse musicals, more than adequately performed, in a single DVD package for a rock bottom price.
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2 great musicals in one pack-loved them both...you'll be singing along with the castPublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Two great productions at a great price. Particularly love Bette as Mama Rose.Published 15 months ago by Douglas Potts
SOUTH PACIFIC is my very favorite musical and I was surprised that I had never seen the movie. Thie version is very, very different (as of course it would be! Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer