South Pacific (in Concert) - Carnegie Hall, NYC - McEntire, Stokes Mitchell, Baldwin (Professional Digital Video)
Title: South Pacific (in Concert)
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Date: June 9, 2005
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City
Media Download Available: Digital Video (DVD)
Quality & Size: Excellent/ Professional (2.27 GB)
Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes
Details: On June 9, 2005, Carnegie Hall was packed in anticipation of an evening of spectacular music and entertainment, with a concert presentation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein favorite, South Pacific. The audience was not disappointed. In a piece entitled "Sultry City Night Is Transformed Into an Enchanted Bali Ha'i," The New York Times theater critic wrote, "Those fortunate enough to attend this one-night-only benefit for Carnegie Hall had the privilege of experiencing the emotional force of South Pacific." As well as enjoying the performance of country music superstar Reba McEntire—who The New York Times described as "a natural for musicals, with a big, gliding voice that blurs the lines between conversation and song"—the "fortunate" ones got to witness Alec Baldwin in a grass skirt, floral headwear, and coconut-shell bikini-top—"a comic paradigm of understated gruffness," according to the same review. In an interview with PBS, Brian Stokes Mitchell reflected that "at Carnegie Hall, everything is special. You still have scripts in your hand, you’ve only worked with the orchestra briefly, and much of your energy is to get it right and not fall on your face. At the same time, it is a thrilling experience." In the words of The New York Times' Ben Brantley, "It was one of those nights when cynicism didn't stand a chance."
Cast includes: Reba McEntire, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alec Baldwin, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Paul Gemignani, and Walter Bobbie.
Fun Fact: Selections from South Pacific were first performed at Carnegie Hall on March 17, 1950—less than a year after the opening of the original Broadway production—by Sigmund Romberg and His Concert Orchestra.