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Keeping Time on Broadway

It’s easy to keep time on Broadway.  Pay attention to the revivals.  Hello Dolly! is coming back … again.

Hello Dolly! made its Broadway debut in 1964 and ran for 2,844 performances.

Five years later, Pearl Bailey lead an all-black cast for 147 performances.

Carol Channing returned in 1978 for 147 more performances.

Carol Channing returned again in 1995 for 116 more. It was great.  I promise.

Barbra Streisand. who’d gone up against Channing in the Tony competition for her role in Funny Girl, took the lead role in the 1969 movie, whose soundtrack included Louis Armstrong’s chart-topping version of Hello Dolly!

Now Bette Midler will come to Broadway in 2017 to play Dolly Levi.  It’s a sure sign.

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