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07 Jul 2013

Pearl Bailey in Hello, Dolly!
Photo by Leo Stern

Edward J Fleury: Pearl Bailey in HELLO, DOLLY! 1967.

Pearl Bailey made a triumphant final Broadway appearance in David Merrick's all-African American staging of Hello, Dolly! in 1975 at the Minskoff Theatre. Prior to that, Bailey was a replacement in the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi during the musical's original run at the St. James Theatre in 1967. Additional ladies to play the role included Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable and Martha Raye.