HELLO THEATRE GEEKS! You are once again waking up to New York Broadway Tours Top 30 Countdown to the Tony Awards playing some of our favorite performances from the past telecasts over the last 70 years. Broadway’s biggest night is only 25 Days away.
Continuing our countdown at #25 is one of the most enduring classics ever in Musical Theatre History… the story of an iconic widowed matchmaker starting her life over. We are talking about Hello, Dolly on Broadway. In her breakout performance as the title character during the 1971 telecast (that year in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Tonys which they brought back some of the most iconic stars of Broadway reprising their breakout roles), the legendary Carol Channing performs the show’s signature song BEFORE THE PARADE PASSES BY.
HELLO DOLLY premiered in Washington D.C and Detroit in 1963 earning mixed reviews but went through an entire revamp before heading to Broadway’s St. James Theatre in 1964 running for 2,844 performances. It was nominated for 14 Tony Awards that year winning 10 including Best Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical (for Channing). The show would later be revived 3 (soon to be 4) times on Broadway. The first revival happened In 1975 starring Pearl Bailey (featuring an entire all African American cast) at the Minskoff Theatre running for 47 performances and then again in 1978 for 147 performances and 1995 for 116 performances with Channing reprising her Tony Award winning performance for both engagements at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. The 1978 engagement was only nominated for 1 Tony that year for Best Performance By A Leading Actor in A Musical (for Eddie Bracken) and again only 1 Tony nomination 1995 for Best Revival of A Musical. Both those years, the show lost the category. Now coming up, HELLO DOLLY will be revived once again with the legendary Bette Midler and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce at the Shubert Theatre. Previews are set to begin March 15th, 2017 and open April 20th, 2017.
Who is FEELING THEIR HEART COMING ALIVE AGAIN?