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Shooting Begins on Hello, Dolly! 1968
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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
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.
Jerry Zaks (born September 7, 1946) is an American stage and television director, and actor. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Drama Desk Award for directing The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, and Six Degrees of Separation and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Guys and Dolls.“I don’t like the word revivals. It suggests resuscitating something that’s near death or something,” said Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks. “What I try to do is pretend that it was written yesterday and given to me today.” Read MORE
On this date: November 18th, 1963: Hello, Dolly! has it's FIRST PERFORMANCE at The Fisher Theatre in Detroit Michigan on it's bumpy way to Broadway. This was the FIRST program:
On this date: December 5th, 1955 Ruth Gordon stars in Thornton Wilder's comedy The Matchmaker at the Royale Theatre. Produced by The Theatre Guild and David Merrick, it runs 486 performances. In 1964, Merrick has an even bigger success when he produces a musical adaptation of the play on Broadway, called Hello, Dolly!