From Carol to Bette... and Beyond
Bette Midler returned to Broadway in a revival of Jerry Herman’s beloved musical costarring two-time Tony winner David Hyde Pierce last year, officially opening on April 20th, 2017 . This critically acclaimed and crowd pleasing star turn of a revival went on to win four 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. When I first considered writing a book celebrating the rich history of the players of this landmark musical, I made sure nobody had published anything like it.
Getting to know these co-stars, especially from Hello, Dolly! led me to the desire to archive their stories in this website, and eventual book. These experiences of the theater should be remembered by new generations, especially since the theater and how it is performed and perceived is constantly evolving. We will NEVER see that kind of theater and dedication to a particular role ever again. I want the legacy of ALL of the players both on and off-stage to be remembered. I feel on some cosmic level that My goal is to carry carry that mantle forward to future artists and theater-goers alike.
Hello, Dolly! On this day
June 13th, 1964
A month before the original cast album of Hello, Dolly! ended the Beatles’ two-album, 16-week run on top of the album chart, Louis Armstrong’s interpretation of “Hello, Dolly!” broke the Fab Four’s 14-week run at the top on the Hot 100 single chart. For Armstrong it was a long-overdue triumph that made it possible to record what would be his first charting album in nearly a decade.
June 2nd, 2018
1964 - The original cast album of "Hello Dolly!" went gold -- having sold a million copies. It was quite a feat for a Broadway musical. Two years ago today, this article ran!
The Dallas Morning News of May 31st, 1965 chronicled the Mary Martin international tour, which had begun in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and continued to Kansas City, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas with Carleton Carpenter as Cornelius Hackl and Loring Smith as Horace Vandergelder. The article went on to say that the next stop would be Memphis, Tennessee where the production was already sold out! Read MORE