Reba McEntire-Brian Stokes Mitchell South Pacific To Be Taped for TV

By Andrew Gans
08 Jun 2005

The June 9 concert production of South Pacific starring Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile de Becque will be taped for future television broadcast.



A spokesperson for "Great Performances" confirmed that Thirteen/WNET's "Great Performances" will tape the 8 PM concert at Carnegie Hall. The musical will air some time in spring 2006.

The one-night-only presentation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will also feature Lillias White as Bloody Mary, Jason Danieley as Lt. Cable, Dylan Baker as Commander William Harbison, Conrad John Schuck as Captain Brackett, Alexander Gemignani as Stewpot, Tom Deckman as the Professor, Alec Baldwin as Luther Billis, Alexio Barboza as Jerome, Alex de Castro as Ngana and Renita Croney as Liat.

The concert, under the direction of Walter Bobbie, will feature an adapted script by David Ives; Paul Gemignani will conduct the Orchestra of St. Luke's. The remainder of the creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic consultant), Catherine Zuber (costume consultant), Alan Adelman (lighting designer) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design).

South Pacific features songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and was drawn from James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza co-starred in the original Broadway production, which boasted such classic songs as "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali H'ai" and "A Wonderful Guy."

A limited number of tickets priced $34, $52 and $78 are available by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800. Benefit tickets, priced $850, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500, are also available by calling (212) 903-9679. For more information, visit the Carnegie Hall website at www.carnegiehall.org.