The official Carnegie Hall website says that White has joined the cast of the staged concert, which will co-star the previously announced Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile de Becque. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Walter Bobbie (Chicago, the upcoming Sweet Charity) will direct the 1949 musical, which will play in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium. Patrick Summers will conduct the Orchestra of St. Luke's for the 8 PM performance.
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."
Lillias White, who starred in the award-winning revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, garnered a Tony Award for her work in Cy Coleman's The Life. She also starred on Broadway in Barnum and Once on This Island and the revival of Dreamgirls. She repeated her role as Effie for the sold-out concert of Dreamgirls to benefit the Actors' Fund of America.
Tickets will be made available to Carnegie Hall patrons, friends and subscribers in April 2005. For benefit tickets, call the Special Events Office at (212) 903-6979. Remaining tickets (priced from $34-$149) will be made available at a later date. For more information, visit the Carnegie Hall website at www.carnegiehall.org.