“Carol Channing personified everything we love about American musical comedy: big, funny and joyous. To see her hold an audience in her thrall was a master class in star power,” said Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of The Broadway League. “Hello, Dolly! opened 55 years ago tomorrow. She always was famous for her timing.”
The decision to dim Broadway’s lights is made by the League’s Committee of Theatre Owners. For Channing, the lights will dim for one minute on Wednesday, January 16 at exactly 7:45pm.
Channing’s Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly! (1995 Revival), Hello, Dolly! (1978 Revival), Lorelei (1974), Four on a Garden (1971), Hello, Dolly! (1964), Show Girl (1961), The Vamp (1955), Wonderful Town (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Lend an Ear (1948), Proof Thro’ the Night (1942), and Let’s Face It! (1941).
According to The League, Channing played the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi over 4,500 times in her career. She also appeared in major touring productions including: Hello, Dolly! Legends!, Jerry’s Girls, Sugar Babies, Wonderful Town and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
She won the 1964 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Hello, Dolly!, received a special Tony Award in 1968 and a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1995.