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Hello, Dolly! (1964 Original Broadway Cast)
Jerry Herman, Carol Channing
Hello, Dolly! (1964 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Sitting in the balcony at the final preview of this 1964 Jerry Herman show, still very much in school and long before my career as a critic began, I knew somehow that I was witnessing theatrical history. Even as that callo...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jerry Herman, Carol Channing
Title: Hello, Dolly! (1964 Original Broadway Cast)
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor Broadway
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Oldies, Vocal Pop, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090266381425

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Sitting in the balcony at the final preview of this 1964 Jerry Herman show, still very much in school and long before my career as a critic began, I knew somehow that I was witnessing theatrical history. Even as that callow youth, I was certain that Carol Channing had been born to play the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, the meddling turn-of-the century New York widow who had been adapted from Thornton Wilder's straight play The Matchmaker. Channing has proved me right by playing the role ever since, of course, miraculously only improving with age. Beyond Dolly herself, however, the musical emitted a synergistic exuberance (at least five years before we used the word "synergy"). The supporting cast, including David Burns, Eileen Brennan, and Charles Nelson Reilly, were terrific. Herman's tunes and lyrics were sublimely crafted both to create their characters and stand alone. (The title song took on a life of its own.) The show's designers, librettist Michael Stewart and director Gower Champion, combined to transport the audience to 60 years earlier in little old New York. This wasn't all just my opinion: Hello, Dolly! won a record 10 Tonys. The original cast recording can still take you to that other time and place, even if you didn't see the original show. But, at the risk of offending my inner adolescent, the 1994 revival, naturally starring Channing, was even better--both on stage and on disc. --Robert Windeler

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Wonderful CD
D. Morse | 08/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have to say this deluxe edition is a welcome add-on to my CD collection...I now have the Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, and Mary Martin versions on CD...I believe Arkiv Music is the only vendor for the Mary Martin "London" version, but if you go to their website you can get that version as well as the Pearl Bailey version for $13.99 per copy...there are not any liner notes on either one, but was nice to finally replace my LP's with the CD's...I also purchased Jerry Herman's "The Grand Tour" for that price too!! I must mention the extra's on this Deluxe version are outstanding and liner notes are formidable!! It was nice to hear the numbers that Jerry Herman created for Ethel Merman, and to hear Pearlie Mae's rendition of So Long Dearie.....If there were only recordings made of some of the other Broadway star's Dolly's..like Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, and Ethel Merman (the complete shows of these performers), although they only performed the role for a few months..I know Phyllis Diller, and Eve Arden also performed the part...When I was at Southern Illinois University in the sixties, I got to see Dorothy Lamour as Dolly in a roadshow on our campus (1967)....she was very good even though she was in her 50's at the time...What I most remember about her performance is what she said at the end of the show...she gave special thanks to our fighting men in Viet Nam and saluted them for all of their efforts!! Well, again a very well done album, and show, which we will all remember for years to come Amen!!"