He’s the funny man with the proverbial twinkle in his eye; the star of such Hollywood hits as “The Road to Singapore” and “The Lemon Drop Kid”; and the USO circuit regular, who put a smile on the faces of U.S. troops from the conflict in Korea to the Persian Gulf War. He is Bob Hope, the indefatigable quipster whose career spanned the highs and lows of the American Century.
Tonight, in honor of Hope’s centennial birthday, the Library of Congress pays tribute to the comedian, actor and entertainer with “The Bob Hope Revue,” featuring skits, song and dance numbers, and comedy routines emblematic of the shows with which Hope regaled millions of Americans over the years.
The celebration, hosted by Hope acolyte and comedian Dick Cavett, will also include vocal performances by Broadway performers Sally Mayes, Kirby Ward and Danny Gurwin.
During the evening, veterans of Hope tours to military bases during World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars, will share their memories of the legendary man.
The event, which begins at 8 p.m., will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.
Since May 2000, the Library — home to the Bob Hope collection — has permanently exhibited the “Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment.” It can be viewed at www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/.