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Carol Channing & Pearl Bailey
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PBS brings together Broadway’s two favorite Dollies

PBS presents “Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey on Broadway,” the latest installment in WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh’s American Classics series. Ms. Channing appeared in person in the WQED studios to host this special night of fundraising for Public Broadcasting. The program event premieres nationally on Public Television stations across the country in March 2004.

The show features Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey united for a once in a lifetime concert performed at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway. The unforgettable evening of song, dance and comedy brings together Broadway’s two favorite Dollies.

“We are proud to present, as part of our American Classics franchise, the legends of Broadway and culture,” said Robert Petrilli, WQED Multimedia’s senior vice-president and COO. “It’s an opportunity to share the experience through the eyes of the star of the show.”

Carol Channing starred in the original Broadway cast of Hello, Dolly! that opened at the St. James Theatre on January 16, 1964. Ms. Channing won a Tony Award for her performance. A few years later, Pearl Bailey played Dolly on that same stage and brought her own magical personality to the role.

In “Carol Channing & Pearl Bailey on Broadway,” the special talents and styles of these stars complement each other perfectly as they share the stage with friendly banter, easy choreography and memorable show tunes originally written for men.

Channing sings “If I Were A Rich Man” from Fiddler On The Roof and Bailey sings “76 Trombones” from The Music Man. They team up for “The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)” from Guys and Dolls and “There Is Nothing Like A Dame” from South Pacific. The highlight of the show is their unforgettable duet of “Hello, Dolly!”

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