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Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: In Concert From Carnegie Hall
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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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The picture quality on this DVD is absolutely gorgeous. When you consider that it was practically a last minute decision to film the concert at all, the camera crew, sound crew and all the technicians involved did a truly remarkable job. One of the finest live performance recordings I've had the pleasure to watch. The picture is presented in its original 1.Read more ›
This concert version was staged without sets or costumes, but with a full orchestra and chorus. Reba McEntire plays Nellie, Brian Stokes Mitchell plays de Becque and Jason Danieley plays Cable. Lillias White is Bloody Mary, Liat's mother, and Alec Baldwin is Luther Billis. The entire cast is excellent, but this one-time performance would not have worked as well as it does without McEntire and Mitchell. They bring a natural command to their parts, they are believable as two people falling in love in the middle of a war. Most importantly, they sing superbly and in character.
South Pacific would not be the classic it is without the extraordinary Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Rodgers and Hammerstein were two hugely gifted pros at the top of their game when they wrote South Pacific. The score not only was carefully constructed to advance the story and, deliberately, to aim for hits, but to dig deeply into serious feelings about mature love, racial prejudice, uncertainty and plain joy. Consider a few examples:
--The score was written for Ezio Pinza, a basso profundo opera singer, and Mary Martin, a Broadway light coloratura.Read more ›
The entire performance is a delight (I have it also on CD) from beginning to end, and if I had any quibbles or issues, it would be two...first, it would have been wonderful if some additional background material could have been included (rehearsal sequences, interviews with cast and director)...second (and a truly minor point), as wonderful a singer as Brian Stokes Mitchell is, it would have been a smoother transition had the DVD menu opened with an instrumental version of 'Some Enchanted Evening'.
But the DVD is a wonderful reminder of what happens when you experience live theater. Seeing Reba McEntire as Nellie makes one realize what added depth and heart the part can have. Brian Stokes Mitchell has an 'ab fab' voice, and even Alec Baldwin shows how a momentary lapse on stage can result in something charming and wonderful that makes him seem not so much a casting frill but a necessary part to the cast chemistry. And for those accounting types who think 'canned' music is just as good as live, I defy anyone to listen to the Orchestra of St. Luke's and tell me that singing and interacting with a live orchestra doesn't bring a special flair and sparkle to this performance.
Avoid stereotyping...listen first...you may be pleasantly surprised and delighted, as I was and still am!
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The most enjoyable script in hand concert I've ever seen! The acting, singing, minimal change of costumes, movement, as well as minimal use of
of props added up to a great... Read more
Its not the movie so don't expect the same. Reba makes Nellie more believable with her accent than Mitzi Gaynor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Johnny
This is one of my all time favorite Broadway Musicals and she and the cast do a great job singing it !Published 2 months ago by David C. Mcsloy
Everyone who loves music and has seen various versions of South Pacific should own this DVD. Reba and Brian and all the cast were just fantastict!Published 4 months ago by Dean E Richardson
Fantastic version of South pacific - Whole cast was great - Reba was a perfect Nellie ForbushPublished 4 months ago by SE in NY
Awesome performance, especially Reba. Saw a Youtube preview and had to have the whole show.Published 6 months ago by Raymond E. Korns
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