Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1966
Dolores Gray (1924-2002) had one of the finest voices ever heard on the Broadway stage. In her autobiography My Heart Belongs, Mary Martin wrote,"when she sang 'How Deep Is The Ocean,' it was the deepest ocean in the world, and 'how high is the sky' was the highest sky."
She made her Broadway debut in 1944, in Cole Porter's Seven Lively Arts, but it was as Annie Oakley in the original 1947 London production of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun that Gray shot to stardom. After her British engagement, Gray returned to New York in the musical revue Two On The Aisle co-starring Bert Lahr, and in 1954 she won a Tony Award for her work in Carnival in Flanders opposite John Raitt.
This was followed by leading roles in Hollywood musicals, including Kismet, It's Always Fair Weather and The Opposite Sex. Gray returned to the Broadway stage in 1959 for the musical adaptation of Destry Rides Again, for which she earned critical praise.
Her appearances on the Bell Telephone Hour include numbers from both Destry and Annie Get Your Gun, as well as other showtunes.
Featuring appearances with Marc Breaux, Art Lund, Jack Cassidy, Donald O'Connor, Nancy Dussault and Jean Fenn.
Donald Voorhees conducts the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and Chorus.
Color/B&W DVD - NTSC format - 48 minutes