Ethel Merman as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at the St. James Theatre
"I saw the closing performance just before I started working for David Merrick. Gower Champion danced across the stage with a line of dancers. Carol Channing was at the back of the house after her matinee of Four on a Garden. Merman planted herself squarely at center stage and galvanized us with her sheer star wattage. The crowd went wild. It was the last Broadway performance of her incredible career, and she made every nanosecond of it count."