Great Performances: Season 34, Episode 11

'South Pacific' in Concert from Carnegie Hall (26 Apr. 2006)

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A concert performance of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play.

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Capt. George Brackett (as Conrad John Schuck)
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Alexio Barboza ...
Jerome, Emile's son
Alex De Castro ...
Ngana, Emile's daughter (as Alex de Castro)
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Liat, Bloody Mary's daughter (as Renita Croney)
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A concert performance of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play.

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The original Broadway production of "South Pacific" opened at the Majestic Theater on April 7, 1949, ran for 1925 performances starring Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush and Ezio Pinza as Emile de Becque, won the 1950 Tony Award for the Best Musical, Libretto and Score and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1950. See more »

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At one point, Nellie Forbush asks Luther Billis if he finished her laundry yet. Alec Baldwin was reading ahead in the script and couldn't find his line immediately. He had to go back three or four pages in the script to find his line. See more »

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Version of South Pacific (1958) See more »

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A Fresh Version of one of my Least Favorite Musicals...
4 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SOUTH PACIFIC has never been one of my favorite musicals so I was initially unenthused at the thought of watching a concert version done live from Carnegie Hall, but decided to give it a chance when I learned that Brian Stokes Mitchell would be singing Emile DeBecque. As I suspected, Brian Stokes Mitchell's rich baritone and the role of DeBecque were a perfect fit, his rich, dark brown tone seemed to fill every inch of Carnegie Hall...his rendition of "This Nearly was Mine" literally stopped the show. Never one of my favorite songs, Stokes Mitchell, as he did when he played Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, puts his own stamp on the song and I swear a chill went down my spine as he concluded the piece. Stokes Mitchell was flawless, as always, but the real surprise for me in this concert version was Reba McIntire singing Nellie Forbush. McIntire, who starred as Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN on Broadway, made a surprisingly effective Nellie. Her marked southern drawl was less of a distraction in a concert version than I think it might have become in a full production. McIntire's interpretation of the songs was energetic and she acceptably masked the fact that "A Wonderful Guy" and "Honey Bun" were both a little out of her range. Lillias White was brilliant as Bloody Mary, one of the few times I have heard "Bali H'ai" and "Happy Talk" completely belted...her voice was lush and controlled and I don't think I have ever been so moved by "Bali H'ai" before. Jason Daniely's rendition of "Younger than Springtime" as Lt. Cable was lovely, but when the music stopped and he had to actually speak dialogue, he became stiff and uncomfortable to watch and I think Alec Baldwin was just miscast as Luther Billis. But the breathtaking musicianship of Brian Stokes Mitchell and Lillias White made this concert worth watching.


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