“Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello, Dolly! (1978 Broadway Revival)
music/lyric Jerry Herman
performance Carol Channing and Company
The sound quality on this bootleg is astounding (though it does cut out for a bit in hte middle) and Carol in this role is truly an event the likes of which we may never see again. Posting mainly because it includes the beautiful “oak leaf” monologue (good job, Michael Stewart/Thorton Wilder) at the top.
As I prepare to see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I can’t help but obsess over Lorelei, the 1974 revisal of the show crafted by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green to allow a too-old-for-the-part Carol Channing to continue playing her second-most-famous part. (The urgency? A young Bernadette Peters was exploring the possibility of starring in a revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Channing just couldn’t allow that!)
While there aren’t many reasons to argue for Lorelei over Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the new first act closer, “Men,” was a show stopper. Here’s Carol Channing performing it on the Tony Awards broadcast.
“Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from HELLO, DOLLY! (30th Anniversary Cast Recording)
words and music by Jerry Herman
Performed by Michael DeVries, Carol Channing and Company.
The last minute of this is so exciting I could just about die!
I had never listened to this recording until today. I’m a huge fan of the OBCR, and familiar, fond of Bailey’s and Martin’s respective recordings, and just didn’t see the necessity of a recording with a 197 year old Channing.
Color me stupid. Whatever demerits Channing’s AARP status may bring (which are few) are outweighed by how GLORIOUS and CLEAR this recording is! Listen to that orchestra! And it sounds like a cast of thousands! And hellooooooo Michael DeVries.