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South Pacific (Symphonic Scenario) – Richard Rodgers, arranged for orchestra by Robert Russell Bennett, adapted for concert band by R. Mark Rogers

One of the most beloved of all Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, South Pacific opened on Broadway in 1949, and ran for 1,925 performances. It was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1950. Set in the South Pacific during World War II, it tells the story of two Americans, stationed in the South Pacific, who fall hopelessly in love with two islanders.  Carefully adapted from Robert Russell Bennett's orchestral version, this arrangement includes Bali Ha'i, Bloody Mary, A Cock-Eyed Optimist, Dite-Moi (Tell Me Why), Happy Talk, Honey Bun, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right out of My Hair, Some Enchanted Evening, There Is Nothin' like a Dame, This Nearly Was Mine, A Wonderful Guy, and Younger than Springtime.

Last updated on July 19, 2023 by Palatine Concert Band