Carol Channing was one such person. She just always seemed to be around, attending shows, doing interviews, pitching in with charitable causes. That distinctive voice and huge smile are indelibly part of our cultural fabric. She made movies and TV shows, but she belonged to Broadway. And while she played several roles to acclaim, she will always be Dolly Levi.
I had the great fortune of seeing Ms. Channing as the matchmaker more than once. Hello, Dolly! was one of the very first professional productions I ever saw, and I remember my first time seeing it back in the 70's. The show made its impression, of course. It is a classic for a reason. But I will never forget the great lady herself that night.
Before the show began, she came out to address the audience at Baltimore's old Morris Mechanic Theatre. The night before, the hotel across the street where she was staying caught fire. No one was hurt but rescues were needed. She told us, with her trademark wit, the whole story and said she couldn't go on until she thanked the Baltimore Fire Department for saving her life, her dogs, and...her fur coat!
There are a few actors and roles inextricably linked - Zero Mostel and Tevye, Mary Martin and Peter Pan, Carol Channing and Dolly. How fortunate we all were to have her in our lives.
Thank you, Ms. Channing. RIP
HERE'S WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE:
CLICK/TAP THE TABS ABOVE TO ACCESS OUR ARCHIVE OF SHOW AND MEDIA REVIEWS, AS WELL AS FEATURES LIKE BROADWAY WHO'S WHO AND ONE THAT GOT AWAY. COLLECTORS WILL BE INTERESTED IN OUR LIGHTS OF BROADWAY CARDS AND PLAYBILLS FOR SALE!
BROADWAY RETURNS: Chicago, The Lion King, Hamilton and Wicked - Resume 9.14.21 Come From Away - Resumes 9.21.21 Moulin Rouge! - Resumes 9.24.21 Aladdin - Resumes 9.28.21 Tina - Resumes 10.8.21 Ain't Too Proud - Resumes 10.16.21 Jagged Little Pill - Resumes 10.21.21 The Phantom of the Opera - Resumes 10.22.21 Dear Evan Hansen - Resumes 12.11.21
NEW ON BROADWAY: SIX - Previews 9.17.21 Opens 10.7.21 Caroline, or Change -Previews 10.8.21 Opens 10.27.21 Trouble in Mind - Previews 10.8.21 Opens 10.27.21 Diana - Previews 11.1.21 Opens 11.17.21 Mrs. Doubtfire - Previews 10.21.21 Opens 12.5.21 Flying Over Sunset - Previews 11.4.21 Opens 12.6.21 Company - Previews 12.20.21 Opens 1.9.22 MJ: The Musical - Previews 12.6.21 Opens 2.1.22 The Music Man - Previews 12.20.21 Opens 2.10.22 Birthday Candles - Previews 3.18.22 Opens 4.10.22 The Lehman Trilogy - TBA The Minutes - TBA Plaza Suite - Previews TBA American Buffalo - TBA Take Me Out - TBA 1776 - TBA Sing Street - TBA Our Town - TBA Thoughts of a Colored Man - TBA Pass Over - TBA
COMING UP THIS WEEK: 5/17: 1970s Broadway Musical Logo Madness! The Big 32 Part 1! - 5/18: This Week in Broadway History - 5/19: Track By Track - 5/20: Broadway Media TBA - 5/21: Broadway Game!
Contact us: email@example.com (Email); @jkstheatrescene (Twitter); jkstheatrescene (Instagram)