Having been raised by parents who originally wanted to be professional actors, I gained an appreciation for the theater. I acted in a variety of plays in high school and college including a local production of Hello Dolly. No, I wasn’t Dolly, being too young. I was in the chorus, but it was a memorable experience all the same. It was my last time on stage before my parents passed away. In the wake of the death of Carol Channing, who portrayed Dolly on Broadway, Alice’s memories reminded me of this.
Remembering Carol Channing and My Parents
by Alice Jane-Marie Massa
Yesterday (January 15, 2019), when I heard of the passing of Ms. Carol Channing at age 97, I knew I wanted to dedicate this WORDWALK blog post to her. What a Broadway legacy she leaves in the spotlights!
Throughout the television run of The Merv Griffin Show (October, 1962-July, 1981), Ms. Channing was a relatively frequent guest of Merv Griffin; and I enjoyed hearing her unique and extraordinarily expressive voice. Watching her on television, I never realized that she was six-feet tall. Additionally, in those earlier decades, I never imagined that I would someday see Ms. Channing perform Hello, Dolly! in a theatre.
In 1964, shortly before Hello, Dolly! began its run on Broadway, Louis Armstrong recorded the title song which quickly became a hit. At that time, in our dining room’s southeast corner and to the right of the…
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