First 80 Years Are the Hardest, with Carol Channing, Plays Hollywood's Magic Castle March 2-3 | Playbill

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News First 80 Years Are the Hardest, with Carol Channing, Plays Hollywood's Magic Castle March 2-3 Tony Award winner Carol Channing returns to the stage March 2-3 for a special engagement of her one-woman show, The First 80 Years Are the Hardest.
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The 8 PM performances launch Cabaret at the Castle, a new theatre space located in the lower level of Hollywood, CA's Magic Castle. The First 80 Years, which Channing also performed at Feinstein's in New York, includes the actress' "memories, humorous storytelling and, of course, some of her signature tunes, bringing the audience up close and personal with the ultimate Broadway Baby."

The cabaret performances will benefit the Dr. Carol Channing Foundation for the Arts (, an organization dedicated to "raising the awareness for the need of and to bring the arts back into the public school system."

One of the true superstars of the American musical theatre, Carol Channing wrote an autobiography, "Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts," for Simon & Schuster. In addition to her many triumphs — including her Tony for Hello, Dolly! and her Academy Award nomination for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" — Channing's tome also details some of the obstacles she endured, including her long-term food addictions, her battle with cancer and her first marriage to a struggling novelist, Ted Naidish. Channing's other Broadway outings include Lend an Ear, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lorelei. She is currently married to her childhood sweetheart, Harry Kullijian.

Magic Castle's lower level, known as The Inner Circle, is located at 7001 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, CA. For tickets, priced $50 (members) and $75 (non-members), call (323) 851-3313, ext. 336 or visit

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