© 2013 by Trish Causey for Musical Theatre Magazine.
LEGEND: The One and Only Tony Award-winner Carol Channing
by Trish Causey
Looking back over your long career, what was your favorite show you ever did and why?
CAROL: It’s always the next one. The next show always has to be your favorite. Although, working with George (Burns) will remain a highlight in my life and career.
Do you have a favorite backstage story — a funny or weird situation that happened backstage during a show but the audience never knew?
CAROL: I don’t know if they are weird or not, but Jackie Kennedy came backstage once with Caroline and John John. It was their first public appearance after the assassination. They came to a matinee. But then when you’re in a hit show, the world comes through your dressing room. Weird? To be honest, I think most of the truly weird things happened on stage in front of the audience.
What do you do to stay in shape — dance, yoga, etc.?
CAROL: I have a trainer who comes in three times a week. At my age you have to be extra diligent, and he is so patient with me. We do a lot of work in the pool. Esther Williams would be very happy.
What do you think of shows like “Glee” and “Smash” that portray Broadway and Broadway dreams?
CAROL: Oh…I’m embarrassed to say I have never seen either of them. Although, everyone tells me about “Glee,” and it sounds wonderful. I think my agent was trying to get me a cameo on “Glee,” but they turned me down. Oh well.
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