Channning is pure stage, and I feel lucky to have seen Dolly, more than once. The last time was during her last Broadway gig, and it's fair to say I've never seen anything like it. Four, count 'em, four standing ovations - during the first act alone, and this at a Saturday matinee. She had the most total control of an audience of anyone I've ever seen.
Well, that certainly jump-started my morning, and I didn't have a parade!
The fact that she can be serious while wearing that hat is kind of amazing.
Oh yes, well there is THAT hat. I was transfixed.