My favorite programs, or playbills, are those that provide theatrical biographies of varied lengths for those working in the play's cast or crew.
Paid advertisements certainly serve a valid purpose within those pages; no one ever will deny that. Yet from the first notes sung by the stars in the Lubbock Moonlight Musical's July production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "
This is no mere undergraduate lending his voice.
A charming comedienne blessed with an ability to mix naive charisma with knock-'em-dead vocals,
Specifically, prejudice, bigotry, hatred, take your choice.
Aipperspach portrays a
She finds herself charmed right out of her shoes by an older gentleman who has unveiled to her the passion of a completely different world of natural beauty -- one in which all that matters is love.
To a point, anyway.
Debecque also owns an island that the
Of course, Ensign
Also soon arriving at the Naval base is handsome lieutenant
But there's just one tiny problem.
He is almost immediately smitten by a gorgeous, young Polynesian woman,
The play was made into a feature-length film in 1958. Like the
Aipperspach is a delight singing "A Cockeyed Optimist" and especially "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and the more positive "I'm In Love with a Wonderful Guy."
However, theatergoers may depart wishing they possessed recordings of Wascoe singing a number of songs, none more than "Some Enchanted Evening" and his heartbreaking "This Nearly was Mine."
The latter tune arrives after he is jilted by Nellie once she learns that the two cute children at his plantation were fathered by Emile with a now deceased Polynesian wife.
The play's very best song -- not its prettiest by a long shot, but its most important, is "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," which Cable learns just in time.
Peck's Cable sings defiantly:
"You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught."
Meanwhile, a review of this particular production would not be complete without additional praise for
Directed with a firm touch by
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