These are frightening times, and we all must take necessary precautions as we social distance and self-isolate. That being said, you deserve a break every now and then. Welcome to Playbill's Daily Distraction.
Day 12: A Country and Cockeyed Optimist
Reba McEntire may have to spend her birthday today socially distant, but just like Nellie Forbush, she's still keeping our morale high in a perilous period.
The Grammy-winning country star has only appeared on Broadway once—in a critically acclaimed 2001 star turn in Annie Get Your Gun—but in 2005, she returned to the musical theatre stage to headline a concert presentation of South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. Revisit her exuberant take on "Honey Bun" (featuring Alec Baldwin in a skirt as Billis) above.
"I could say life is just a bowl of Jello and appear more intelligent and smart. But I'm stuck like a dope with a thing called hope, and I can't get it out of my heart."
– Nellie Forbush...but also us entering Week 3 of the Broadway shutdown, hopeful and eager for the curtain to rise again soon.
Now, if only we can get Reba to come back with it.
The DVD of the concert is available on Amazon.
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