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A Dolly a Day: Ethel Merman

January 16th

Our final Dolly of the Day is Ethel Merman, who also celebrates a birthday today. Merman was the final Dolly, and she resided at the Harmonia Gardens from March 28th, 1970 through December 27th, 1970. The part was originally written for Merman and she finally relented in 1970 and stayed with the show until it’s close. She had originally not intended to stay as long as she did, but was coaxed to stay on so the show could become the longest running in Broadway history. When she joined the show, two extra numbers written for her were added in. This was Merman’s swan song, as she never did another show on Broadway.

Happy 50th Birthday Hello, Dolly! And Happy Birthday Ms.Merman!

Jul 5
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Ethel Merman, Hello, Dolly!

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Ethel Merman, Hello, Dolly!

Ethel Merman in Hello, Dolly!

Ethel Merman and comapny put on their sunday clothes.

Ethel Merman and comapny put on their sunday clothes.

Love, Look in My Window [*]
Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman sings “Love, Look In My Window,” a number written for her in Hello, Dolly!, that she got to sing when she joined the company in 1970. Happy Birthday Ethel!

Al Hirschfeld’s caricature of David Merrick and his three Dolly’s. 

Al Hirschfeld’s caricature of David Merrick and his three Dolly’s. 

Ethel Merman and Jerry Herman celebrate onstage after Hello, Dolly! became the longest running musical in Broadway history.

Ethel Merman and Jerry Herman celebrate onstage after Hello, Dolly! became the longest running musical in Broadway history.

Love, Look in My Window
Merman, Goode, Nype, Helmers, Lockin, Engel, Lewis; Schechtman

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“Love Look in My Window” from Hello, Dolly! (Final Performance, 27-Dec 1970)

written by Jerry Herman

performed by Ethel Merman

When The Merm went into Hello, Dolly! to close the run of the original Broadway production, they put in this ballad for her.  It immediatey proceeds “Before the Parade Passes By”.  The song essentially surrounds the “oak leaf monologue”—and Merman’s performance of that sweet speech is one of the chief reasons I’m posting this! Such a tenderness and sensitivty not typically associated with The Merm.  

I also imagine the conversation leading to adding this number going something like this:

Merman - Come on boys, don’t you have anything else for me to sing in this show?  

Merrick/Gower Champion/Jerry Herman - well we have this song “Love, Look in My Window”, but…

Merman - But What?

M/GC/JH - Well, it’s a big song.  And it’s right before “Before the Parade Passes By”

Merman - So?

M/GC/JH - Then it’s just 2 big numbers in a row with Dolly coming to the same realization.

Merman - 2 big numbers in a row?  Now you fellas are talking my language.

M/GC/JH - But it;s redundant!

Merman -

Merman - 

Merman - 

M/GC/JH - 

Merman - 

M/GC/JH - Fine.

(and listen to that applause)

So Long, Dearie
Merman, Goode, Nype, Helmers, Lockin, Engel, Lewis; Schechtman

Ethel Merman sings “So Long, Dearie” on the closing night of Hello, Dolly! 

It was her last show on Broadway, not counting her one night concert with Mary Martin in 1977.