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January 8th

Happy Birthday, Jacqueline Piro Donovan


January 13th

                                                                                                  Charles Nelson Reilly was born: Read more about Charles HERE


January 14th

                                                                                                  Carole Cook was born: Read more about Carole HERE


January 15th

First Preview of Hello, Dolly! at the St. James Theatre 1964


Thelma Carpenter Birthday (Standby for Pearl Bailey)


January 16

Hello, Dolly! Opens at The St. James Theatre


Ethel Merman's Birthday (Seen here with Jack Goode)





January 19

Happy Birthday, Michael Crawford



January 25th

Happy Birthday, Jenifer Lewis! Here with Pat Cashman as Horace Vandergelder with Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre 2009
Happy Birthday, Ruth Williamson!

January 29th

Happy Birthday, Judy Norton!


January 31st

Happy Birthday, Carol Channing!

February 4th

 Nic Rouleau Cornelius Hackl, Betty Buckley National Tour

March 7th

Happy Birthday, Lewis J. Stadlen


April 3

                                                                                                                                        Lorna Dallas

Lorna Dallas: Irene Molloy to Danny LaRue's Dolly http://www.callondolly.com/lorna-dallas/


April 12

Ann Miller


April 15

Shooting Begins on Hello, Dolly! 1968


April 30th

Eve Arden Birthday



April 30

Dennis Courtney




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 2nd, 1917

Broadway's 2nd Horace, Max Showalter, Is Born!


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.


September 30th

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


October 4th

Happy Birthday, Clifton Davis

October 5th

October 5th, 2018! Happy official #HelloDolly opening in Cleveland! ❤️National Tour Starring Betty Buckley @playhousesquare

October 6th


Happy Birthday, Ellen Travolta! Seen here with Jack Bannon


October 10th


Happy Birthday, Gary Beech (seen here with Vicki Lewis)

November 18th

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: 

December 5th

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!