THEATER: Looking Amazingly Swell

Carol Channing won a Tony for Hello, Dolly! in 1964. Now she's on tour with the show. Depressing? Anything but.

When the announcement came early this year that Carol Channing would take to the road in a 30th anniversary tour of Hello, Dolly!, two questions sprang to mind: Just how ancient is Carol Channing, anyway? and Why would anyone want to see yet another version of that sappy, mediocre show? Here are the answers: 73, but capable of delivering an ageless performance that reminds theatergoers of what it means to see a star; and this particular Hello, Dolly! is a superb production of one of the happiest creations in all of musical comedy. In general, cross-country tours of old musicals featuring...

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