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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Knucklehead Nellie the Navy Nurse

Yes really! This is Knucklehead Nellie the Navy Nurse. Now that's a mouthful! Knucklehead Nellie is a character from 'South Pacific' played by none other than Mary Martin in the early 1950s. She plays the "cockeyed optimist" comic and unselfconscious Navy nurse. South Pacific was one of my favorite musicals when I was younger. Created by Rogers and Hammerstein, based on James A Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, it has a bawdy roughness, wisdom and fun, lots of superb songs and more love and comedy than usual.

My favorite song? This is a bit blurry, but it's done live on stage in 1952.

And oh gosh look,,, there's a production of it coming to my friends in Melbourne beginning Sept 13, 2012 at the Princess Theatre.  Now, who's gonna take me???

Somehow I think this is going to be playing in my head all day. Do you have a favorite song from this score?

1 comment:

Jen O said...

Mary Martin was pretty amazing back then, wasn't she! I can't think of anyone today with her style, energy and stature, can you?