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South Pacific in Concert from Carnegie Hall [Cast Recording]

Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II , Reba McEntire , Brian Stokes Mitchell , Alec Baldwin Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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listen  1. OvertureVarious artists 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dites-Moi / Oh, And What's That Flower Over There?Alex De Castro 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Cock-Eyed OptimistReba McEntire 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. So When You Joined The Navy...Reba McEntire0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Twin SoliloquiesReba McEntire 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. One Waits So Long For What Is GoodBrian Stokes Mitchell0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Some Enchanted EveningBrian Stokes Mitchell 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dites-Moi (Reprise)Alex De Castro0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bloody MaryVarious artists 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Say, Is That A Boar's Tooth Bracelet On Your Wrist?Alec Baldwin0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. There Is Nothin' Like A DameAlec Baldwin 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ah, Hello... You Make Trouble For Me?Lillias White0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bali Ha'iLillias White 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bali H'ai (Reprise)Alec Baldwin 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. So Tell Us, Nellie, What Did Old Ironbelly Want?Nurse0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My HairReba McEntire 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Hello, Is That A New American Song?Brian Stokes Mitchell0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)Reba McEntire 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Will You Come To My Party Friday?Brian Stokes Mitchell0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. A Wonderful GuyReba McEntire 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. What Should I Do, Captain? / Bali H'ai (Reprise)Conrad John Schuck 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. You wait, Lootellan...Lillias White0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Younger Than Springtime & Bali H'ai (Reprise)Jason Danieley 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. A Wonderful Guy (Reprise)Reba McEntire 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. This Is How It Feels & A Cock-Eyed Optimist (Reprise)Reba McEntire 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Finale Act 1 - Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)Brian Stokes Mitchell 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Entr'acteVarious artists 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Happy TalkLillias White 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. It Is My Great Pleasure To Bring You Our Skipper...Conrad John Schuck0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Honey BunAlec Baldwin 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. You've Got To Be Carefully TaughtJason Danieley 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. This Nearly Was MineBrian Stokes Mitchell 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Well, de Beque, I Take Off Pretty Soon For Marie Louise...Jason Danieley0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)Brian Stokes Mitchell 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Alright, Let's Start Those Trucks... / Honey Bun (Reprise)Conrad John Schuck0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Finale Act 2 - Dites-Moi (Reprise)Alex De Castro 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Reba McEntire, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alec Baldwin
  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000EMG9AY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

From the second the majestic overture of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 show starts, you know you're in for a treat: In this age of diminished Broadway pits, hearing the 45-piece Orchestra of St. Luke's firing on all cylinders is just thrilling. And that's only the beginning of the fun in this most traditional, most delightful musical, recorded live at Carnegie Hall in June 2005. As Nellie Forbush, Reba McEntire deploys a homespun Southern charm that works marvels against the urbane Emile de Becque, i.e., Brian Stokes Mitchell and his impossibly buttery baritone (check out his rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening"). Of course we shouldn't be surprised, since country star Reba had turned out to be musical-theater star Reba when she replaced Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway. Here, she brightly delivers classics (yes, the show is packed with them) like "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "A Wonderful Guy." And let's not forget Lillias White, chewing the scenery in spectacular fashion as Bloody Mary ("Bali Ha'i," "Happy Talk"--what was that about the show being packed with memorable tunes again?). When the classic American musical is done with such gusto, it's hard not to be won over. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

Country Music and TV Star, Reba McEntire stars as Nellie Forbush in this live concert version of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. Recorded this past summer at Carnegie Hall, South Pacific was a 'one-night' only performance co-starring Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell and Alec Baldwin. The entire concert was taped by PBS (to be broadcast April 26), and this 75+ minute CD is the finely mastered cast recording of that concert. Decca. 2006.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanted CD April 21, 2006
By tides24
Format:Audio CD
In the beginning, was the Score. And oh, my, what a score it is; truely one of the gems of the Golden Age of Broadway Musicals. One is transported, as classic after classic washes over you. And although some of the references are a bit dated, ("skin as soft as DiMaggio's glove"), it makes no difference. That old cliche': "they don't write 'em like this anymore", is certainly true.

The performers are really wonderful. Jason Danieley and Lillias White are standouts. Perfect for their roles. Alec Baldwin made me laugh out loud. (What a hambone!) And Brian Stokes Mitchell! Wow! Dude can sing!

As a long-time fan of Country Music, I have watched the artistic growth of Reba McEntire for many years, but she continues to amaze. Her performance in "Annie Get Your Gun" was sublime. And I think she is wonderful here, bringing zest, heart, and passion to her role. Not to mention that voice. You can hear one syllable of one word, and immediately know it's Reba. There's no singer like her. As Country fans know, she has always been a premier story-teller in song, and she uses that talent to great advantage here. Once again, she's made her fans proud. Nice goin', Red.

The only thing better than this CD? That would have to be the DVD, scheduled for May 2006. Can't wait.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful concert May 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I watched this concert on our local PBS station, and was completely captivated. Firstly, no one has sung the part of Emile like Brian Stokes Mitchell; forget what you think you know of "This Nearly was Mine". His version is simply the most beautiful one I've ever heard. He sang it with such passion that it moved me to tears.

Secondly, I must admit I'm not a Reba fan. Nothing against her, but I just don't care for country music. HOWEVER...

She did an incredible job as Nellie. Her Tulsa accent worked very nicely as the girl from Little Rock. And she put such joy and energy in the part, I couldn't help but love her.

Thirdly, Lillias White was absolutely outstanding in her role, singing "Bali Hai" better than I've ever heard it.

True, this is an unusual version of this musical, but that's what I enjoyed about it. The songs are of course familiar, but they have a new life to them in this concert version.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Nellie and Great Cast May 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Those Broadway aficianados - some appear on this page - who approach show tunes the way opera buffs do opera - as a sacred pure art - will drop their monacles when they hear Reba McEntire bend notes like steel girders. And after hearing Mary Martin work so hard (and well) to disguise her Texas twang in the incredible original cast recordings ("...waiting for the daunce", for instance), it is a shock for a moment. But then the rightness of the contrast with Mitchell's operatic barotone creates the same magic that Pinza and Martin had, two very different worlds, styles and talents that somehow merge. Though the very difficult circumstances may contribute real nervousness to McEntire's performance (these concerts are always wildly under-rehearsed for financial reasons), she works it into her performance and gives Nellie a quality of vulnerability that illuminates why her fears would pull her back from her passion. Mitchell plays the very adult quality of his character well, a man who expects trouble even from a woman he loves deeply; racism is no surprise to him, he'd seen Hitler rise. This takes thirty years off the script. He sings the magnificent "This Nearly Was Mine" perhaps a shade too slow in tempo, but with the phrase cut for time in the middle section of Pinza's recording restored and Mitchell's acting of it, this is the definitive version as of now. His performance is wisely informed by Pinza's, just as any Henry Higgins is by Rex Harrison's, but built on to make it his own. White does similar work with Bloody Mary, absorbing Juanita Hall without imitating her. Cable is very well sung if flatly acted; Alec Baldwin condescends to the underwritten baffoonish part of Billis, but is fine anyway (fortunately his singing appearance is brief). Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted evening April 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It was only by accident I came across the Great Perfomances show on PBS, South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. Prepared to listen and look for a minute -- the evening flew by and I was enchanted from beginning to end. The really GREAT voice was Brian Stokes Mitchell as French planter Emil. I always thought Ezio Pinza was THE Emil but Mitchell kicks major derrier. His voice breaks my heart and never have I heard the songs sung as well or with such depth as Mitchell brings to the role of Emil. Reba was as good as it gets. At times she was uncomfortable with the lines and wish her nervousness had not come through in the speaking parts but the songs and music.....Reba WAS Nellie Forbush. Her energy seemed to carry everyone to new levels and this rendition of South Pacific sparkled. Wish Reba and Mitchell would do it on stage, complete production. Now I am anxious to get the CD and put my tape of the movie version of South Pacific out of its misery. SP is my favorite musical bar none. I don't know why but it just makes me glad to be alive. I hope Reba and Brian Mitchell do take this version of South Pacific on the road. I would go a long way to see it. Alec Baldwin was OK as Luther Billis .... but Ray Walston is still my favorite. Reba was terrific and Mitchell....God gave him a voice that must make angels weep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For all fans of South Pacific!
This is an audio CD, haven't listened to it yet.
Published 23 days ago by rapontisq
4.0 out of 5 stars Reba? In some ways, more credible in the role as real Southerner.
I haven't heard the soundtrack out of context, but I enjoyed the Carnegie Hall Concert DVD several times. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sheila R. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars McEntire and Mitchell! Yes but it works beautifully.
I have always loved 'This nearly was mine' but Mitchell's rendition of this beautiful song is the best by far that I have ever heard, and worth the price of the entire CD. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars All I could have hoped for
Sounds great - wish I could have been there Live - this is the second best
Reba does sound like someone from Little Rock and the rest of the cast were wonderful
Published 18 months ago by Donna Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific in Concert from Carnegie Hall
I have always loved this play and this version hits the top in production.
The voices are so great that you can picture every scene in your head.
Published 20 months ago by Ann Marie Cahoon
1.0 out of 5 stars Help! I need to wash this noise right out of my ears: Reba murders...
Sorry, Reba, but Nellie Forbush is a young, educated nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas, with a pleasant, southern accent... Read more
Published 21 months ago by James R. Stewar
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful CD!!!
I am a huge fan of Reba McEntire (and her country music), Brian Stokes Mitchell (since I heard his performance in RAGTIME), and musicals in general. Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by Atticus
5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific in Concert from Carnegie Hall
I purchased this CD primarily because I love Brian Stokes Mitchell's voice, his stage presence, both of which comes through on this CD. But the rest of the cast is wonderful, too. Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by E. B. Skop
5.0 out of 5 stars Feom the charming to the enchanted.
This is quite an animated performance considering it was done in concert. Reba McEntire is a most charming Nellie. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by Carl H. Poedtke Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation
I received a copy of the current Broadway cast CD of South Pacific, and I was disappointed. Kelli sounds like she is from Scarsdale and Paolo sounds like he is from the Met. Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by Erniethehorse
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