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Showtune Sunday: Comparing Dollys – from Channing and Merman to Bailey, Bernadette, Buckley and Bette

Thought it would be fun to dig up various versions of the Hello, Dolly! number Before the Parade Passes By and get some of you dear readers to weigh in on which is your favorite.

Of course we have the original Dolly Carol Channing as well as Pearl Bailey and Ethel Merman who also played the role during the first Broadway run. Then we have Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters from the most recent Broadway revival and Betty Buckley who starred in the national tour a few years back.


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2 Remarks

  1. How could you forget Ginger Rogers? I believe she was the first to replace Carol Channing as Dolly Levi. And did a fantastic job of it as well!

  2. I love all those women..but carole and ethel….own that role..the rest are just renting..carole is a cool pussycat…and ethel merman’s voice….it is like an intune loud bell that keeps ringing in my ears even now

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