Thursday, July 2, 2009


Last night, Bryn Mawr Film Institute welcomed more than 200 people to a sing-along screening of South Pacific. Attendees sang along with such Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Bali H'ai" as they watched the romance unfold between a young Navy nurse from Arkansas and a French plantation owner during World War II. Directed by Joshua Logan, the 1958 film version of the Broadway hit stars Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi.

Those who came in costume received free popcorn! Some of our favorite costumes and props:

Ginny Duerr (left) holds an original playbill from the 1949 stage production, passed down from her parents, and wears her grandpa’s navy hat. She's joined by Betty Marmon (center) and her daughter Lizzy.

Alice Farber (left) (practicing "washing that man right out of her hair"), is joined by Sarah Sobel, who wears a vintage recording of the stage production around her neck. Both women were excited about BMFI's Sing Along: Alice, a former singer, said that she "knew every song in every musical before the 1970s," and Sarah has a soft spot for South Pacific - it was one of the first Broadway plays that she ever saw.

Billy Ornbuch and her husband Donald are ready for the islands... and South Pacific!
If you enjoyed our Sing Along South Pacific, find out more about our other special events this summer at And don't worry, if you missed South Pacific, there will be another sing-along screening this fall!

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