Monday, September 2, 2013

A Little Bit of Broadway September 1, 2013

Sue B presents "Hello, Dolly!"

It started with the celebrations marking the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech...I began looking for what was making a splash on Broadway in 1963. Now...follow the dots...Hello, Dolly! was workshopping in Detroit in 1963, and opened on Broadway in January 1964, with the ebullient Carol Channing as Dolly. So today, I'm playing the 1967 version featuring Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway! Makes sense, right?!

It is rare that a replacement cast gets its own cast recording, but five days after this version opened, David Merrick got the cast into the recording studio, and I'm  glad!

Hello, Dolly! music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.

Principal cast includes: Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Emily Yancy, Jack Crowder, Winston DeWitt Hemsley, and Chris Calloway.

In 1963, the biggest flop was Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can ran for just 8 days. Of course, Sondheim kept writing, and so to round out today's show, we're celebrating the birthdate of Yvonne DeCarlo, famously known as Moses' wife in The Ten Commandments (opposite Charlton Heston) and Lily Munster in 60's television show The Munsters, as she performs the show-stopper "I'm Still Here" from Sondheim's show "Follies." 

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