It's hard not to turn into a paparazzo when you suddenly walk into a red carpet event on Broadway!
True story: I had no clue what everyone was waiting for when I was walking down 44th st, but figured they had the red carpet out, velvet ropes, lots of photographers and fans, and even more security, so what the heck, I'll play along.
I didn't know it was the opening night for the revival of Hello Dolly, on Broadway, with Bernadette Peters.
I'm glad I waited. It was fun being a tourist fan for a little while. After all, you only live once, right? #yolo
Holy Cabooses! Got the chance to attend & work Bernadette Peters’ opening night in @hellodollybway 😍 Thanks to @acusick227 for wanting to celebrate her bday by watching @giuseppebausilio dance, @elle.k11 for capturing these candid carpet moments, & to @yesbroadway for letting me fan-out on another red carpet. Check out their IG story for more carpet coverage, video coming soon ⭐️ .
Maryam (@thedenmama) is also inspired by the legendary Pearl Bailey. "Pearl Bailey teaches me, constantly, the importance of inspiring myself. She forces me to be accountable for my thoughts, actions, vanities and insecurities and to acknowledge how those things effect the legacy I am creating."
Pearl Mae Bailey (1918-1990) was an American entertainer notable for her sultry singing and mischievous humor.Bailey was the daughter of the Rev. Joseph James Bailey, and she attributed much of her vocal ability to her childhood singing in church. At the age of 15 she quit her high school in Philadelphia for a career as a singer and dancer. She appeared in cafés, nightclubs, and theatres in northeastern American cities, and at times she sang with big bands, including those led by Cootie Williams and Count Basie. She recorded several albums with each. An eight-month stint at the Blue Angel in New York City (1944–45) led to her joining Cab Calloway for theatre and nightclub engagements. She appeared in her first Broadway musical, St. Louis Woman, in 1946 and her first film, Variety Girl, in 1947.
Bailey, who continued to sing in a number of nightclubs, also took secondary roles in many films—among them, Carmen Jones (1954), Porgy and Bess (1959), and All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960). In the 1960s she returned almost exclusively to nightclub work. Her most memorable stage role was as matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in an all-black production of the musical Hello, Dolly! for which she won a Tony Award in 1968. She made frequent television appearances and hosted her own show, The Pearl Bailey Show (1971).
Name your favorite show/film by either of these two 💕 🎭
Hubby Matthew Broderick & wife Sarah Jessica Parker pose at Bernadette Peters Opening Night celebration for "Hello Dolly" on Broadway @sardisnyc. | February 22, 2018 | 📷: @bruglika | #GettyEntertainment
One of my most fun theater experiences to date. Honored to be at the second opening of @hellodollybway for the beautiful new cast!!! @theofficialbpeters is amazing. Here she is in the sea of her public, glowin and crowin. #shesback#inspired#broadway#opening#hellodolly#bernadettepeters#victorgarber @willburtonum @melaniekmoore @charlie.stemp @mgriggz @realkatebaldwin @lesfles @trulytaeler @tinylamotte @jessicaleegoldyn @happymeahl @hayley_podschun @maxmclayton @thejennifersimard etc you are all beautiful!!
Sometimes New York can make you feel like you're only ever catching a glimpse of the world from the cheap seats in the back of the house. But sometimes, those cheap seats happen to be at the opening night for a new cast of one of your all-time favorite shows when Burnadette Peters brings the house DOWN! Then you scurry out the back to get a front row glimpse of Dolly herself, Victor Garber, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Sometimes New York can make you feel like it's the greatest city in the world. @kmcooper85 @hellodollybway
had the most magical night with @maia_journeau where our friendship began: the Shubert Theatre. there may have been a different leading lady, but magic lives in this theatre no matter which lady’s name is above the title, and seeing Bernadette’s opening night was a thrill like no other. #hellodolly
Someone pinch me fast I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! Tonight I had the great honor of rolling out the red carpet (literally!) for Bernadette Peters as she exited the Shubert Theatre on her opening night in Hello! Dolly and walked straight across the street to the after party at Sardi’s. All without having to touch an inch of pavement! NYPD helped us stop traffic while we rolled the carpet for BP. Fans and cops and cheers all over Broadway! Swipe —>#epic#glamour#broadwayhistory#hellodolly#chicchicchic#bernadettepeters First shot photo by @mollybarnett