Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Memory: Carol Channing & Company "Before The Parade Passes By"

I posted this in 2015, but as I'm watching the fab Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (and loving it), I think it bears a repost.

Happy happy Thanksgiving, kids!


Wow, talk about #ThrowBackThursday!

I can't believe how time goes by. Twenty years ago today, I made my Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade debut with the 1995 Broadway revival cast of Hello, Dolly! (including the incomparable Tony Award-winner herself, Carol Channing)!

I remember this like it was yesterday. We all had to get up waaaaaaaay early, get down to the Lunt-Fontanne Theater where we were playing to get into costume, then get on a bus to ride about 10 blocks down Broadway to sit in a trailer before we headed out to do "Before The Parade Passes By."

And it was so cold! You'd never know to look at Carol, though. And what a thrill to be on the most famous and watched parade with the world.

I then headed home for a most fab dinner with (then boyfriend, now husband) Michael and my bestie, Carlye.

During dinner the phone rang, and it was Vanessa Williams calling from the West Coast to say "Happy Thanksgiving!" - and, since she was watching the parade in California - "you look like you're freezing!" LOL

I still love my Broadway Dolly! family all these years later. What a great memory to find this video today.

Wishing everyone the bestest holiday wishes today. I give special thanks today for my beautiful cast of Hello, Dolly!, currently running at The Wick Theater in Boca Raton, Florida. Here I am, 20 years later, still living in the land of "Dolly!" - and loving it! The uber-talented cast of Dolly! has two shows today, sharing a message that still resonates today: Get out and live the adventure!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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