The Stage: MEMO TO: The Dollys FROM: David Merrick

I want to bring you up to date on my secret scheme to turn the whole darn country into one big musical extravaganza. I have just hired Pearl Bailey to play the lead in my all-Negro traveling company of my wonderful hit Hello, Dolly! Not only that, I have signed Dorothy Lamour for a twelve week stand as Dolly at the Riviera in Las Vegas. That brings to eleven the number of you broads who have played, are playing and will play the role. I'm not counting Barbra Streisand, who will do the movie next year because—well, Hollywood just...

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