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In a review of South Pacific I read in Dramatics magazine, the writer "[found] the chemistry between [Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot] lacking". He found that the opposite was true of the McEntire/Mitchell-Stokes version. Futhermore, he states that "It is as close to a definitive interpretation of this material as I've ever seen".

(I'll post the full review if people are interested).

My question for the people who have seen BOTH versions is which one did you prefer? Do you agree with the review?

To those who have seen one or the other, what did you think of it?
I personally have only seen the Carnegie Hall version. I find it very enjoyable. One of my all time favorite actors, Brian Stokes Mitchell is in it. And I do agree with this part of the above review: "The genuine country twang [Reba McEntire] brings unlocks new aspects of the familiar Rogers and Hammerstein songs, and she has charm and comedic skills to burn". When I did South Pacific (I understudied Emile), our Nellie u/s was fantastic and used a countryish accent similar to McEntire's. Her performance was superior to the non u/s's by leaps and bounds. But that's what you get for casting singers who act as the leads and actors who sing as their understudies.


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McIntyre's Nellie wa the one HUGE flaw to the concert..her Tennessee accent was annoying and out of character for a girl from Little Rock,ARK. plus Nellie is a late 20s -early 30s character..Reba is in her 50s!!!

i COULD NOT STAND HER!

Brian Stokes Mitchell was the opposite..simply the finest Emile I ever saw.

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I kind of agree with Salome. I love the Carnegie Hall concert (although I wish that Aaron Lazar had been Cable, as in the Hollywood Bowl concert) ... but Reba makes me cringe. Her accent is simply annoying, especially when she talks ... Rogers and Hammerstein is not meant to be belted country-style ... and she is older than Brian Stokes Mitchell. Which is really just weird, for a Nellie to be older than her Emile ...

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curlyhairedsoprano91 wrote:
for a Nellie to be older than her Emile ...
hehe. Yeah, it is. :-)


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[quote="curlyhairedsoprano91"]I kind of agree with Salome. I love the Carnegie Hall concert (although I wish that Aaron Lazar had been Cable, as in the Hollywood Bowl concert) ... but Reba makes me cringe. Her accent is simply annoying, especially when she talks ... Rogers and Hammerstein is not meant to be belted country-style ... and she is [i]older than Brian Stokes Mitchell.[/i] Which is really just weird, for a Nellie to be older than her Emile ...[/quote]

uhmmm...that's why it's called "theatre."

OP, you can't compare both, One was a staged concert -- where they primarily had to sing and emote OUT THERE. The Lincoln Center production is a fully-staged dramatic version where the actors not only had to communicate to the audience, but to their fellow actors as well MINUS the scripts and chairs. Szot is good; Mitchell was dynamic to the point of outplaying Nellie who is the main character after all.


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nellie is not the main character .. nellie and emile are.

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I'm curious what you think Salome...do you not like an accent for Nellie in general or do you just not like Reba's for her? What about Kelli O'hara's accent?


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I think accents are fine for nellie if they are the correct one. O'Hara's accent works well. although i would have preferred seeing melissa Errico as Nellie, O'hara does a strong job with the role.

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[quote="Salome"]nellie is not the main character .. nellie and emile are.[/quote]

Sorry, for me, it's Nellie's story. Emile just happens to come out from the background; and you notice, he comes & goes from the action. WHereas Nellie is always dead center of where the action is. So Nellie is THE MAIN CHARACTER.

Also, Kelli O'Hara's accent is sooooooo phony. It's like, did Nellie spend time in Mayfair (London)??


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GungaDin wrote:
curlyhairedsoprano91 wrote:
I kind of agree with Salome. I love the Carnegie Hall concert (although I wish that Aaron Lazar had been Cable, as in the Hollywood Bowl concert) ... but Reba makes me cringe. Her accent is simply annoying, especially when she talks ... Rogers and Hammerstein is not meant to be belted country-style ... and she is older than Brian Stokes Mitchell. Which is really just weird, for a Nellie to be older than her Emile ...


uhmmm...that's why it's called "theatre."

Nah. "Theatre" doesn't mean that you can take one of the defining aspects of a character and ignore it.

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Szot is good; Mitchell was dynamic to the point of outplaying Nellie who is the main character after all.

Perhaps, then, they should have cast a Nellie who could keep up with him.

For the record, are you (GungaDin) or are you not a fan of Reba's Nellie?

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[quote="curlyhairedsoprano91].

For the record, are you (GungaDin) or are you not a fan of Reba's Nellie?[/quote]

She was OK; a tad old and a tad too twangy -- but the right perkiness.

Just watched the replay tonight. God, the black outfits (yes, yes I know it's a staged concert...but there have been better costumed kourii) of the Seebees and the nurses almost make it like nihilstic or an Ute Lemper concert. Was Barney's having a sale on skimpy black dresses and tank tops??

Good singing. Jason Danieley was much better than Matthew Morrison; Alex Baldwin was kinda gross to watch; and that accent of Brain Stokes-Mitchell, Oy! On which planet did he pick it up from??


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I've only seen a clip, but man, Brain Stokes-Mitcehll has an incredible voice! I did find it a tad odd that he played the part since he's mixed-race, and if it were a stage production, it would've totally screwed up the story...but since it was onyl a concert, it didn't really matter. Alas, he could never actualyl play the role ontstage BECAUSE of his mixed race heritage :(

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