Decca Broadway to Release Reba McEntire-Brian Stokes Mitchell South Pacific on CD

News   Decca Broadway to Release Reba McEntire-Brian Stokes Mitchell South Pacific on CD
The acclaimed Carnegie Hall concert of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's South Pacific — starring Grammy Award winner Reba McEntire and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell — will be released on CD next month.

On April 18 the Decca Broadway recording, produced by Jay David Saks, is set to hit stores. The CD arrives just a few days before PBS will broadcast the South Pacific concert, which was recorded live at the famed hall. The PBS telecast, part of the "Great Performances" series, is set to air April 26; check local listings. The one-night-only presentation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical at Carnegie Hall also boasted 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, featured an adapted script by David Ives; Paul Gemignani conducted the Orchestra of St. Luke's. The remainder of the creative team included 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."

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