Theater Hendrik Hertzberg Loves Bart Sher’s South Pacific, Too (“I’m no theater critic, but…”)
posted by June 2 at 11:20 AMon
The New Yorker’s political-commentary columnist took a break from politics on his blog yesterday to write about… that musical. That everyone’s (still) talking about. Directed by that guy from Seattle. He doesn’t mention Sher by name, but he’s definitely a fan.
This “South Pacific,” the first on Broadway since the original run sixty years ago, is a revelation even if, or maybe especially if, you’ve seen the 1958 Joshua Logan film, starring Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr, and the wonderful Mitzi Gaynor. I’m no theatre critic, but I can testify that every single second of the Lincoln Center revival is absorbing, and long stretches of it are by turns enthralling, exhilarating, and/or moving.
Still, Hertzberg’s post lands on a connection between the plot of the musical and the punishing Democratic primary (the context):
Those two adorable, latte-colored children are like a pair of little Barack Obamas. As in “South Pacific,” today’s ending will be a happy one only when the blonde from Arkansas realizes that all it takes for everybody to be a lot happier is for her to stop standing athwart the future those kids represent and start doing her part to make it happen.