South Pacific (2005)

Synopsis

Broadway loves Reba McEntire. The redheaded Oklahoma firebrand took on the one-night-only role of Nellie Forbush on June 9, 2005—the role Mary Martin immortalized in the 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic South Pacific—and the Rialto’s toughest critics, led by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley, instantly surrendered. “Open-voiced and open-faced, she was born to play Nellie,” Brantley wrote of the Carnegie Hall benefit performance, adding that the entire production was performed “in a state of nearly unconditional rapture. It was one of those nights when cynicism didn’t stand a chance.” That enchanted evening can be shared with fans everywhere with the South Pacific In Concert From Carnegie Hall DVD. Completing the luxury casting are Broadway and Hollywood icons Brian Stokes Mitchell and Alec Baldwin as French planter Emile de Becque and wise-guy sailor Luther Billis.

After her successful performance as Nellie Forbush at Carnegie Hall, Reba joined Brian Stokes Mitchell for a three-night run of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2007.

 
 

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Nellie Forbush- Reba McEntire

Emile de Becque- Brian Stokes Mitchell

Luther Billis- Alec Baldwin

Lt. Joseph Cable- Jason Danieley

Bloody Mary- Lillias White

Cmdr. William Harbison- Dylan Baker

Jerome, Emile's son- Alexio Barboza

Liat, Bloody Mary's daughter- Ren Croney

Ngana, Emile's daughter- Alex De Castro

Professor- Tom Deckman

Stewpot- Alexander Gemignani

Capt. George Brackett - John Schuck

Ensemble - Bass- Steve Hogle

Ensemble - Tenor- Timothy Gulan

Ensemble - Tenor- Gregg Goodbrod

Ensemble - Bass- Alvin Crawford

Ensemble - Tenor- Mark Aldrich

 

Ensemble - Tenor- Hunter Bell

Ensemble - Baritone- Tim Breese

Ensemble - Tenor- Tony Capone

Ensemble - Bass- Carson Church

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Producer - Barry Schulman

Producer - Anu Krishnan

Producer - John Walker

Associate Producer - Cara Cosentino

Series Producer - David Horn

Line Producer - Julie Schapiro Thorman

Original Music By - Richard Rodgers

Film Editing - Gary Bradley

Film Editing - Laura Young

Casting - Jay Binder

Art Direction - Sabina Daley

 
Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun (2001)

Synopsis

On January 26, 2001, Reba made her Broadway debut starring as Annie Oakley in the revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. Reba's performance was critically acclaimed by theater critics throughout New York, and earned her both a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Award. Her final performance was June 22, 2001.

 
 

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Buffalo Bill (Col. William F. Cody)- Conrad John Shuck

Frank Butler- Brent Barrett

Charlie Davenport- Peter Marx

Dolly Tate- Kerry O'Malley

Tommy Keeler- Eric Sciotto

Winnie Tate- Claci Miller

Mac, The Propman- Tom Schmid

Foster Wilson- Gerry Vichi

Chief Sitting Bull- Larry Storch

Annie Oakley- Reba McEntire

Jessie Oakley- Jenny Rose Baker

Nellie Oakley- Blaire Restaneo

Little Jake- Nicholas Jonas

Ballerina- Keri Lee

Hoop Dance Specialty- Adrienne Hurd

Running Derr- Tom Schmid

Eagle Feather- Carlos Lopez

 

Moonshine Lullaby Trio- Cleve Ashbury, Brian O'Brien, David Villella

Tap Dance- Brad Bradley

Pawnee Bill (Maj. Gordon Lillie)- Gerry Vichi

Messenger- Tom Schmidd

Band Leader- Marvin Laird

Mrs. Schyler Adams- Deanna Dys

Sylvia Potter-Porter- Dana Lynn Caruso

Ensemble- Cleve Asbury, Brad Bradley, Dana Lynn Caruso, Deanna Dys, David Eggers, Madeline Ehlert, Elisa Heinsohn, Hollie Howard, Adrienne Hurd, Keri Lee, Carlos Lopez, Brian O'Brien, Rommy Sandhu, Tom Schmid, Kelli Bond Severson, David Villella, Kent Zimmerman

CREATIVE TEAM

Music & Lyrics - onrad John Shuck

Frank Butler - Brent Barrett

Charlie Davenport - Peter Marx

Dolly Tate - Kerry O'Malley

Tommy Keeler - Eric Sciotto

Winnie Tate - Claci Miller

Mac, The Propman - Tom Schmid

Foster Wilson - Gerry Vichi

Chief Sitting Bull - Larry Storch

Annie Oakley - Reba McEntire

 

Reviews

  • McEntire's energy and enthusiasm seem to shed a new glow on the whole production. And of course the particular qualities of McEntire's lovely singing bring something fresh and exciting to Irving Berlin's score.

    - Variety

  • It's safe to place McEntire on the list of the finest replacements offered in recent seasons.

    - Broadway.com

  • Without qualification the best performance by an actress in a musical comedy this season. Ms. McEntire doesn't need a gun to bring Manhattan to its knees.

    - New York Times

  • She is waif-like cute. She is whimsical. She is eager. She is over-the-top funny. And her singing, substituting country character for Broadway belt, gives the old Berlin numbers a special piquancy.

    - New York Post

  • Amazingly, this is McEntire's Broadway debut — in fact, her first appearance in a play of any kind. After a long and fruitful career in Nashville, she suddenly makes Broadway her oyster.

    - New York Journal News