- Actors: Reba McEntire, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alec Baldwin
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Rhino / Wea
- Release Date: June 6 2006
- Run Time: 120 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000FIHNHK
South Pacific: In Concert From Carnegie Hall [Import]
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: In Concert From Carnegie Hall
Rodgers and Hammerstein's glorious score for South Pacific gets a surge of welcome new energy in this 2005 Carnegie Hall concert. Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime) is in spectacular voice singing "Some Enchanted Evening" and "This Nearly Was Mine," but the real discovery is country star Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush. McEntire won raves when she replaced Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun, but her performance was never recorded and released to the general public. Now we can understand the raves for ourselves, because McEntire is a joy in the role that features such standards as "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "A Wonderful Guy." Those used to Mary Martin (which is nearly everybody) will need to get used to McEntire's scoops and twang, but it's not inappropriate for a character hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jason Danieley (The Full Monty) and Lillias White are both effective as Lieutenant Cable and Bloody Mary, respectively, and Alec Baldwin doesn't embarrass himself any more than he's supposed to as Billis. Because it's a concert performance, the singers carry books and don't wear costumes other than in "Honey Bun" (so the nurses jog in the surf and wash their hair wearing black gowns). But much of the story is conveyed through dialogue excerpts, so the 113-minute DVD is substantially longer than the 78-minute CD. --David Horiuchi
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My response is pointed -- horse manure! Her vivaciousness, skillful and emotive singing and especially at the end when she had many tears in her eyes -- I assume because she had become so emotionally involved in one of R & H's masterpieces.
Maybe those people would have been more pleased with a young Madonna. Not likely. Non of them made a mention of Mary Martin's performance in South Pacific on CD. And I believe Reba's was note for note as good and even better at conveying emotion at times.
I am so happy to have this DVD performance, since I have seen several staged versions and must admit how "dated" this musical can be in the wrong hands.
My salute to Reba McEntire for bringing Nellie Forbush to emotional life and all of the rest of the cast (with one exception, and we all know who that was) brought back to life a musical first performed in 1949.
Thankfully, we have this DVD record of the "Concert" performance that night in 2005
Unlike some reviewers here, in my opinion, Reba sure looks about the right age to be Nellie (check your history, folks) and she sure is from the "right" part of the world. A girl from Little Rock in WW2 would sound just like Reba does. She is too much fun to watch! I can see where she would have been super in Annie Get Your Gun! Her Nellie has just the right touch of small town girl and wise woman! She does a great job with a basically mediocre libretto.
Mr. Danieley is lyrically wonderful as Lt. Cable and Lillas White does a bang up job as Bloody Mary. Alec Baldwin is a really good (surprisingly so) Luther Billis.
The real star here is Brian Stokes Mitchell. This is probably the closest I'll ever get to seeing him live and wow, can he sell it. I put his Emile up against anyone's, including E. Pinza. (I honestly think he's better.) He's got the looks and the singing chops. When he kisses Reba at the end of their reprise of "Some Enchanted Evening" I got chills and thrills. For that alone, it's worth the price!
To be fair, Brian could sing the notes on a bathroom wall and I'd be a little puddle of menopausal mush! He's the musical Sean Connery! Major woo-hoos and thumbs up!
SOUTH PACIFIC lends itself really well to the concert format and this was way, way better than I expected it to be! Enjoy!
Not only is she stunning as Nellie the nurse, she makes you believe she really is that character. Her singing and acting are flawless and outstanding! I have the anniversary editon of the R&H musical classic of "South Pacific," which is great, but this version with Reba and Brain Stokes Mitchell is unbelievably even better! Even Alec Baldwin as "Luther Billis" does an outstanding performance, even with his one slip up that I and the audience certainly enjoyed. Certainly, Lilias White as "Bloody Mary" and Jason Danielly as "Joe Cable" have trememdous voices as well.
However, there is no scenery as the entire musical was done on stage with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, which in itself was simply outstanding. So if you liked the musical without scenery, you'll love this rendition with great performances by all the actors including the two wonderful kids!