FILM: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

Carol and I on Broadway last year
for the Gypsy of the Year fundraiser

So today is the day the Carol Channing documentary, “Carol Channing: Larger Than Life” is released in many cities across the US. So proud to be a part of this terrific tribute to Carol.

From The Advocate’s HotSheet: Acclaimed documentarian Dori Bernstein focuses her lens on the still-sprightly 90-year-old musical theater great who’s as cherished by fans for her flamboyant personality as for originating iconic roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!

The director uses Hirschfeld-inspired animation and interviews with an array of Channing’s pals such as Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, and even Barbara Walters to offer insight into the star’s colorful life.

Most telling though is an emotional anecdote from backup dancer Randy Slovacek, who shares the gallant words Channing had for Don Ives, another backup dancer determined to perform despite the difficulty brought on by his AIDS-related illness. Larger Than Life ultimately serves as a valentine to Channing’s late-in-life love affair with childhood sweetheart Harry Kullijian (who passed away earlier this month) after a 70-year separation.

For more info about the film and where you can see it, click here.