Reba: All The Women I Am
August 09, 2013 - June 08, 2014
Powerful, emotive recording artist. Dynamic, charismatic live performer. Acclaimed Broadway star. Successful film and television actress. With an unparalleled resumé that spans more than four decades and several entertainment genres, Reba is country music's ultimate Renaissance woman. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum pays tribute to this inimitable artist with the cameo exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am, in the museum's East Gallery. The exhibit runs from August 9, 2013, and runs through June 8, 2014.
Employing personal possessions, vintage photographs, career-spanning audio and video and more, Reba: All the Women I Am will explore the life and impact of this incomparable artist. A centerpiece of the exhibit will be an array of costumes - more than two dozen - spanning the length and breadth of Reba's career. Some of the garments, which include personal clothing, stage wear and Broadway and movie costumes, have never before been exhibited.
The exhibit will feature dozens of artifacts including:
- A handbill from Kiowa Elementary School's Dec. 22, 1965, Christmas program. The program featured 5th grader Reba singing "Blue Christmas."
- A report card from Reba's sophomore year at Kiowa High School (she earned straight As)
- Reba's first official stage costume, a silky blue blouse with coordinating vest
- Larry Mahan boots, worn by Reba while participating in barrel-racing competitions
- A check stub for a $25 payment to the McEntires (Reba and her siblings Pake and Susie) for a 1971 performance
- "The red dress"-the red jersey gown with nearly sheer bodice, designed by Sandi Spika and worn by Reba at the 1993 CMA Awards. Reba later said, "I got more press off that dress than if I'd won Entertainer of the Year."
- Assorted red dresses worn by Reba through the years when she performed her concert finale, "Fancy"
- Reba's "favorite" dress, a Sandi Spika-designed, teal, two-piece, silk shantung gown featuring a long train and beaded, sequined bodice
- Costume worn by Reba when she starred in the Broadway production Annie Get Your Gun, including a suede fringed jacket and chaps, corset, hat and boots
- Costumes worn by Reba in the films The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, North and Is There Life Out There?
- Dozens of awards, from childhood ribbons for barrel-racing and athletic prowess; to a selection of the superstar's Grammy, CMA and ACM trophies
- Items that reflect Reba's status as a pop culture icon, including a Reba Barbie, a Reba lunch box and a bag of Fritos featuring the superstar's likeness
Take a behind the scenes look as we prepare the Reba: All The Women I Am exhibit.
Reba: All the Women I Am Grand Opening Weekend Program Schedule
Reba: All the Women I Am will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit's duration. These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.
All programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members, except as noted below.
Songwriter Session: Liz Hengber and Will Robinson
Saturday, August 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Liz Hengber signed with Reba McEntire's Starstruck Entertainment publishing company and within six months scored her first hit, "For My Broken Heart," a #1 in 1991-92. She wrote three more Top Five hits for Reba-"It's Your Call," "And Still" and "Forever Love"-as well as songs recorded by Bucky Covington, Clay Davidson and Andy Griggs. Will Robinson wrote the Reba McEntire hits "I Know How He Feels" and "Somebody's Chelsea" (with Hengber and McEntire), as well as hits for Alabama, John Michael Montgomery and Doug Stone. Limited Seating. Program pass required.
Saturday, August 10 – 2:30 p.m.
Reba turned a big, expressive voice into a vast, highly diversified empire-and entertained millions of fans along the way. As part of the opening festivities of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am, she will discuss her rise from a youngster who worked on her family's Oklahoma cattle ranch to a multi-talented performer who has become one of the most successful entertainment icons of her time. The interview program will incorporate archival videos and photographs while giving the star a platform to delve into colorful highlights of her life and career.
Film screening: Backstory: Reba McEntire (2011)
Sunday, August 11 – 2:00 p.m.
Riding high on the success of her #1 hits "Consider Me Gone" and "Turn on the Radio," Reba looks back on her life and career in this episode of Great American Country's Backstory. Archival video is interspersed with memories from Reba, her sister Susie, producer Tony Brown, record executive Scott Borchetta, singer Lee Ann Womack, costume designer Sandi Spika Borchetta, comedian Melissa Peterman and others. Free.
Click here to read the press release for this exhibit.