CD Hello, Dolly! [Original Broadway Cast Recording] (CD 4649302), Audio Other
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Hello, Dolly! [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

  • 1. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Prologue - (live)
    2. Hello, Dolly!, musical: I Put My Hand In - (live)
    3. Hello, Dolly!, musical: It Takes a Woman - (live)
    4. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Put On Your Sunday Clothes - (live)
    5. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Ribbons Down My Back - (live)
    6. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Motherhood - (live)
    7. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Dancing - (live)
    8. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Before the Parade Passes By - (live)
    9. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Elegance - (live)
    10. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Hello, Dolly! - (live)
    11. Hello, Dolly!, musical: It Only Takes a Moment - (live)
    12. Hello, Dolly!, musical: So Long Dearie - (live)
    13. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Finale - (live)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 749921

  • Credits

    Music and lyrics written by Jerry Herman.
    Principal Cast: Carol Channing (Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi); Mary Jo Catlett (Ernestina); Igors Gavon (Ambrose Kemper); Jan LaPrade, Bonnie Mathis (Horse); David Burns (Horace Vandergelder); Alice Playten (Ermengarde); Charles Nelson Reilly (Cornelius Hackl); Jerry Dodge (Barnaby Tucker); Eileen Brennan (Irene Molloy); Sondra Lee (Minnie Fay); Ken Ayers (Court Clerk); Amelia Haas (Mrs. Rose); David Hartman (Rudolph); Gordon Connell (Judge).
    Producers: Andy Wiswell, Hugh Mendl, George R. Marek.
    Compilation producer: Daniel Guss.
    Principally recorded at Webster Hall, New York, New York on January 19, 1964. Includes liner notes by Daniel Guss.
    This is part of RCA's "Broadway Deluxe Collector's" series.
    Principal cast includes: Barbra Streisand (Dolli Levi), Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Tommy Tune, Louis Armstrong.
    All music written by Jerry Herman.
    Composer/Lyricist: Jerry Herman.
    In 1967, after Hello, Dolly! had played over 1,500 performances on Broadway (with Dollys including Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, and Betty Grable), the show's producer, David Merrick, hit on the idea of extending its run even more by swapping in an all-black cast led by Pearl Bailey, with Cab Calloway co-starring as Horace Vandergelder. This replacement cast debuted on November 12, 1967, and five days later, RCA Victor put them in a studio to record their version of the score. This was an unusual step; replacement casts very rarely get to appear on record. But the results justify the decision. Bailey and Calloway are Broadway veterans, and they handle the familiar material well, supported by such players as Jack Crowder (as Cornelius Hackl) and Emily Yancy (as Irene Molloy), who get to duet on "It Only Takes a Moment." For the most part, one simply suspends disbelief about a turn-of-the-century New York exclusively peopled by blacks, although some theatergoers probably shift in their seats during "Motherhood," which, even though it is a deliberately cockeyed celebration of patriotism, forces the singers into positive references to "Dixie" and Stonewall Jackson that seem odd coming out of the mouths of these cast members. (Even if the casting proves successful, Merrick might not want to use it for songwriter Jerry Herman's other show on Broadway in 1967. Imagine an all-black cast dancing before a plantation mansion and singing, "You make the South revive again, Mame!") ~ William Ruhlmann

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