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Mary Martin in Hello, Dolly!: The Tour of a Lifetime
July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join George Dansker on Thurday, July 25 at 6:00 pm in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room for an unforgettable presentation on Mary Martin’s tour of Hello, Dolly!
The story of Mary Martin’s tour of Hello, Dolly! is much more than the journey of a hit Broadway show on tour — from rehearsals, performances across America and then to Japan, Vietnam and Korea, and finally to London — it became an emotional journey of great cultural importance and a lifetime of memories for the entire cast. George Dansker will provide a presentation featuring rare photographs, letters, audio recordings and videos of Mary Martin as she starred in the first national tour of this legendary musical.
George Dansker is a retired librarian from the New Orleans Public Library. He is a regular contributor to Opera News magazine and has written for the Times-Picayune and other publications. He is the Production Coordinator for the New Orleans Opera Archive collection on compact disc, and has written numerous compact disc and DVD booklets for Video Artists International in New York, as well as special releases from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 2014, he was invited to Weatherford, Texas (the home town of Broadway great Mary Martin) to present a gala lecture for her centenary, during which her daughter Heller was a special guest. George returned to Weatherford in 2018, to present a program on “Hello, Dolly!” and to host a Gala Tribute to Mary Martin as part of a fundraiser. George has presented at BroadwayCon in 2018 and 2019 (Mary Martin Tribute). And has also presented several programs on Leonard Bernstein in honor of the Bernstein Centennial. In 2019, he also collaborated with Stage Door Records (UK) on a special compact disc recording honoring another Broadway legend, Alfred Drake.