The Broadway musical, Hello Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick and opened on this day in 1964. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers, the musical starred Carol Channing. The show ran for 2,844 performances closing on December 27, 1970. Channing also starred in two of the show’s three revivals to date. Pearl Bailey played Dolly in the 1975 one month revival and Bette Midler has signed on to do the show’s 4th revival which will open on April 20, 2017. Barbara Streisand played the starring role for the 1969 movie which was nominated for seven Oscars and won three.
Donny & Marie Airs for the First Time
“I’m a little bit country/I’m a little bit rock n’ roll” was song for the first time on this day in 1976 during the new Donny & Marie variety show shown on ABC. Born into the famous Osmond family, Donny and Marie were and still are the most popular of the bunch. The Friday night show was originally created by Sid & Marty Krofft (H. R. Pufnstuf, The Banana Splits) but was later given over to the Osmonds in November 1977. The popular but odd show featured ice skaters, comedy sketches, the famous closing song, “May Tomorrow Be a Perfect Day” and a laugh track. It is said the demise of the show came due to the fact that Donny had become engaged and young women were no longer interested in watching. (He's still married by the way!)