Dancing (CAROL CHANNING/ EILEEN BRENNAN/ JERRY DODGE)
Before the Parade Passes By (CAROL CHANNING)
Elegance (EILEEN BRENNAN/ CHARLES NELSON REILLY)
Hello, Dolly! (CAROL CHANNING)
It Only Takes a Moment (CHARLES NELSON REILLY/ EILEEN BRENNAN)
So Long Dearie (CAROL CHANNING)
Finale (DAVID BURNS/ CAROL CHANNING)
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Singles/Hit Songs: *
Hello, Dolly! (2/15/64) #1 US, #1 AC, #4 UK
So Long Dearie (10/3/64) #56 US, #9 AC
* These are not actual recordings from the cast album, but versions by Louis Armstrong.
Notes: On the “2003 Deluxe Version, not only has the 1964 Original Cast Recording been sonically overhauled – utilizing top-shelf digital remastering – but also significantly augmented with six supplementary recordings” (Planer). These include “‘I Put My Hand In’ and ‘So Long Dearie’ taken from the 1965 London cast, led by Mary Martin. ‘Before the Parade Passes By’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’ featuring Pearl Bailey are from the 1967 revival. Plus, Ethel Merman's 1970 redux of ‘Love, Look in My Window’ and ‘World, Take Me Back’” (Planer).
There’s also “ten-minutes-worth of recollections from a 2003 interview with Carol Channing” (Planer), which contains “wonderful reminiscences, nicely enhancing the substantial cache of supplements” (Planer).
“Few Broadway musicals have proven as timeless as Hello, Dolly!” (Planer). “The centerpiece is the David Merrick adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker (1956). When coupled with Gower Champion’s impeccable direction and choreography, as well as Jerry Herman’s equally memorable score, (pardoning the pun) the stage was set for an irrepressible blend of laughter and song” (Planer).
“Herman used a turn-of-the-century, major-chord, big-melody approach” (Ruhlmann) to create “one of the last great old-style musicals and a massive hit. Even today, its songs…are so memorable most people can hum them” (Ruhlmann).
“The ensemble are…superb, boasting the respective talents of Channing as Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, Charles Nelson Reilly portraying Cornelius Hackl, and concurrent newcomer Eileen Brennan as Irene Molloy” (Planer). “It’s precisely because Channing doesn’t quite have the range for these melodies that she’s able to express the character so well (an effect lost in the Barbra Streisand movie version, though Streisand has no trouble expressing character in other ways)” (Ruhlmann).
“In addition to the universally renown title selection, Hello, Dolly!, the David Burns’ led It Takes a Woman, Reilly and Brennan’s It Only Takes a Moment, Channing’s I Put My Hand In and So Long Dearie are a few of the other classics” (Planer).
“After opening at the St. James Theater on January 16, 1964, Hello, Dolly! immediately became an unprecedented success, ultimately running for 2, 844 performances – the most for any Broadway musical up to that point. The soundtrack yielded similar enthusiasm, selling roughly 80,000 copies during its’ first week alone. While those results would have been staggering for any release circa 1964, for an LP of a stage show the numbers were all the more impressive” (Planer).