This year is the 50th anniversary of the musical, Hello, Dolly! which opened January 16, 1964 at the St. James Theatre, closing in 1970 after 2,844 -- at the time the longest-running show in Broadway history.
But just playing something from the cast album would be the easy way. And after all, I did early play four versions of the title song here, in my article "Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Dolly" with renditions by Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. So...I think it's only appropriate to celebrate with something at least slightly different.
And being in Berlin, that means the title song from the German cast recording. This is likely a revival, since the original German production starred Tatyana Iwanow, and this stars Louise Martini.
By the way, Wikipedia mentions that in the original German version, the main character's surname was changed from "Levi" to "Wassiljewa." I won't toss off any guesses why, that would be unfair. But to the rest of us, here is Dolly Levi's return to society at the Harmonia Gardens and all its adoring waiters, wishing her...well, you know...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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