Was 1964 Broadway's Greatest Year for Musicals? Dolly, Fiddler, Funny Girl and Other Groundbreakers

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

April 7: Just three days later, Tammy Grimes followed up her Broadway success in The Unsinkable Molly Brown with High Spirits, a musical based on Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, co-starring Beatrice Lillie. Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray provided the wan script and score for this show about a kooky medium (Lillie) who summons the ghost of a writer’s first wife (Grimes), and then can’t figure out how to get rid of her. Still basking in the glow of Hello, Dolly!, director Gower Champion stepped in to doctor High Spirits during tryouts, and helped boost the show to an 11-month run.