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Hello, Dolly!


Nearly 50 years since Bette Midler performed in the original Broadway run of Fiddler on the Roof, she is back on Broadway and it’s so nice to have her back where she belongs.

The roar that goes up from the audience when she first appears threatens to stop the show before it even starts. But she more than earns it. At 71, she still has expert comic timing. “Some people paint, some sew. I meddle!” declares Dolly Levi, a matchmaker in late 1800s New York, seeking to find a wife for wealthy but miserly shop owner Horace Vandergelder in upstate Yonkers, as his two downtrodden assistants Cornelius and Barnaby set out on an adventure of their own.

Jerry Herman’s 1964 score contains more earworms than virtually any show in history. Part of the joy of the show is its familiarity; but Jerry Zaks’ traditional, if sumptuous, production makes sure it feels constantly fresh and funny.

Santo Loquasto’s ravishing design mixes gorgeous painted backcloths with 3D sets that include a full-size steam train and carriage. The performances mix and match realism with caricature.

Midler’s Dolly is naturally larger-than-life, and if she sometimes overdoes the comedy (there’s a silent food eating scene that goes on forever), there’s a knowing charm that is completely disarming.

Though it would be easy for everyone else to be cast into her shadow, David Hyde Pierce plays Horace appealingly straight, while Gavin Creel and Taylor Trensch (as Horace’s assistants) and Kate Baldwin and Beanie Feldstein (as the milliners they become embroiled with) enchant with their youthful vivacity

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Production Details
Production nameHello, Dolly!
VenueShubert Theatre
LocationNew York
StartsMarch 15, 2017
EndsJanuary 14, 2018
Running time2hr 40mins
ComposerJerry Herman
Book writerMichael Stewart
LyricistJerry Herman
DirectorJerry Zaks
ChoreographerWarren Carlyle
Set designerSanto Loquasto
Lighting designerNatasha Katz
Sound designerScott Lehrer
CastBette Midler, Gavin Creel, Beanie Feldstein, David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch
Production managerAurora Productions
ProducerAl Nocciolino, Anita Waxman, Barbara Freitag, Benjamin Simpson, Daryl Roth, Eli Bush, Eric Falkenstein, Heni Koenigsberg, Independent Presenters Network, James L. Nederlander, Jane Bergere, Jay Alix, John Mara Jr, Len Blavatnik, Peter May, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Ruth Hendel, Scott M Delman, Scott Rudin, Seth A Goldstein, Spring Sirkin, Stephanie P Mcclelland, Terry Allen Kramer, The Araca Group, The John Gore Organization, Una Jackman, Universal Stage Productions, Wendy Federman, William Berlind
VerdictThis sumptuous Broadway revival proves a great vehicle for returning star Bette Midler
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