Hello Dolly! was the second musical I think my father ever showed me. The first was Singin’ in the Rain (fun fact, I lost my voice imitating Lina Lamont’s rather *ahem* distinctive sound). I was hooked. The music was so much fun to sing, the film was brightly colored and directed by Gene Kelly, the waiters’ ballet was one of my favorite things to watch (choreographed by the incredible Michael Kidd), and the script was funny! It also was my first exposure to Babs and Ol’ Satchmo 😉
Moreover, it was my second time listening to Michael Crawford. The first, of course, was the record my parents had of The Phantom of the Opera. 20 odd years earlier, Crawford was the dorky Cornelius Hackle in the film. My sister would later beat me up for not telling her this until seven years later. Really. She wrapped her wiry limbs around me and would not let go as she pummeled me.
Special thanks to Maestra Vanessa Pace for reminding me of this great score!