Today we lost a show business icon who possessed gifts that will never be seen again. Carol Channing made her indelible mark not only on the audiences that were privileged enough to see her, but on the world with her comic genius and unforgettable performances. A consummate artist who gave everything she had with every performance on stage and sometimes on screen. Honored with Broadway’s highest honors, she was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1968 as well as winning a Golden Globe for “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. I was lucky enough to see Carol in her most iconic role as Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly” from the front row, and it was not only one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences of my life, but one of the most moving experiences I will ever witness. I also had the great pleasure to meet her, and to express my gratitude for what she gave to so many people.
I can remember very clearly the sign that hung over the stage door of the Lunt-Fontanne theater in New York City for her final run as Dolly, “Eight times a week, a Broadway Legend enters and leaves this theater.” I suspect a similar sign welcomed her to her glory today. Raise the roof and carry on, dear Carol. It was so nice to have you here with us so long. So long Dearie.