Bette Midler as Dolly. Photo by Julieta Cervantes
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Choreographed by Warren Carlyle
Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Will Burton, Melanie Moore, Jennifer Simard
Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Elizabeth Earley, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Blake Hammond, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Robert Hartwell, Amanda LaMotte, Analisa Leaming, Jess LeProtto, Ian Liberto, Kevin Ligon, Nathan Madden, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, Jessica Sheridan, Michaeljon Slinger, Christian Dante White, Branch Woodman, Ryan Worsing, Richard Riaz Yoder
Scenic, Costume Design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Sound Design: Scott Lehrer
Music Direction: Andy Einhorn
Orchestrations: Larry Hochman
Vocal Arrangements: Don Pippin
Dance Arrangements: Glen Kelly
First Performance March 15, 2017
Opening April 20, 2017
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Bette Midler returns to Broadway in one of the most cherished musicals in theater history as she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart’s and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!.
Based on Thornton Wilder’s farce The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! caused an instant sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1964, starring Carol Channing in the title role. It went on to win a record-shattering ten Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Producer of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, and Best Costume Design.
Ben Brantley – New York Times
Ms. Midler brings such comic brio — both barn-side broad and needlepoint precise — to the task of playing with her food that I promise you it stops the show. Then again, pretty much everything Ms. Midler does stops the show. As for that much anticipated moment when she puts on fire-engine red plumes and sequins to lead a cakewalk of singing waiters, well, let’s just hope that this show’s producers have earthquake insurance.
Marilyn Stasio – Variety
The audience claps at the overture and whistles at the set; and when Bette Midler makes her entrance, everyone falls into a dead swoon. “Hello, Dolly!” is back on Broadway, and it looks so fresh, you want to pinch its cheek.
Tim Teeman – The Daily Beast
Indeed, even if you are agnostic on Midler—really, what the hell are you doing there?—you will be captivated and delighted by this production, directed with exuberant vivacity by Jerry Zaks. Midler, taking on the role originated by Carol Channing, is marvelous, and so is the supporting cast which includes David Hyde Pierce as the gruff, befuddled, and ice-to-be-melted Yonkers storeowner Horace Vandergelder; and his initially-intended, Kate Baldwin’s dress shop-owner Irene Molloy, who instead will find unlikely love with Cornelius Hackl, one of Vandergelder’s shop-boys played by the all-leaping, dancing, and very funny Gavin Creel.
Charles McNulty – Los Angeles Times
The blissful production, directed by Jerry Zaks, operates under the principle that golden age musicals should keep intensifying the pleasure of the audience until a state of euphoria is achieved. Standing ovations are de rigueur on Broadway these days, but theatergoers are clearly having difficulty containing their joy when they repeatedly stand and cheer throughout the show.
David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter
You feel a distinct sense of occasion stepping into the Shubert Theatre these days, evident in the buzzing sound of the audience before the plush red velvet curtain rises, and then turned up a few notches in the effusive round of applause as the orchestra strikes up the first notes of the title song in the brassy overture to Hello, Dolly! But that’s nothing compared to the show-stopping outpouring of ecstasy that greets the inimitable star, Bette Midler, when she makes her sly surprise entrance on a trolley car.
Maya Stanton – Entertainment Weekly
How to describe a force of nature? A blockbuster success even before the curtain went up on opening night, the new revival of Hello, Dolly! marks legendary performer Bette Midler’s highly anticipated return to Broadway, and thanks to a top-notch cast and an award-laden production team, it more than justifies the hype.
Jeremy Gerard – Deadline
There’s plenty more to love as well in this somewhat mixed-bag of a production, staged under the sure leadership of Jerry Zaks, a master of lunacy. The two other principals – David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder and Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy – are every bit as endearing as the star. The look of the show – a fantasia of fin de siècle New York City, Gotham through rose-colored glasses dabbed with Vaseline, and its ever-bustling denizens – is lovingly captured by Santo Loquasto’s sets and costumes in pastel swaths and swatches, flatteringly lit by Natasha Katz to a painterly glow.
Alexis Soloski – The Guardian
The irresistible Bette Midler plays the enterprising Dolly Levi – a matchmaker, dance teacher, ear-piercer, trial lawyer and varicose-vein reducer. If Midler once had the voice for the part, seven decades and eight shows a week have worn it into something a lot raspier. Sometimes she sounds brassy enough, at other times like a woodwind with a wonky reed. But the spirit of the show is so infectious, and Midler such an adored and adorable presence, that the audience applauds her at entrance, exit and several times in between.
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune
All the visual and audible cues suggested that no one in the building that night had the slightest interest in being anywhere else but in that room. With this adored star. In this beloved show.
Matthew Murray – Talkin’ Broadway
The real news about the slam-bang revival of Hello, Dolly! that just opened at the Shubert isn’t what you think. Yes, it’s Bette Midler’s first-ever starring turn in a Broadway musical, and, you know what? She’s darn good. (Not great.) If you can get a ticket—and that’s a big if at this point—you’ll discover that Midler is commanding, funny, and, when necessary, moving, and has more than the wattage needed to headline Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s quintessential musical-comedy star vehicle. But we’ll come back to her. What you may need to know first is that Hello, Dolly! itself is terrific, and that director Jerry Zaks and his unassailable company have elevated it to a stratospheric level.
They don’t make ’em like they used to — and that goes double for Broadway’s dazzling revival of “Hello, Dolly!” thanks to the show itself and its above-the-title supernova, Bette Midler.
Linda Winer – Newsday
If there were such a thing as a happiness meter at the Shubert Theatre these days, where, oh, where would that be placed? The obvious position is in the audience, where fans of “Hello, Dolly!” and fans of Bette Midler — which may well add up to just about everyone — have come together in a palpable bonding festival of hot-ticket excitement, contentment and raucous joy.
Robert Hofler – The Wrap
A very famous and talented man of the theater once remarked that “Hello, Dolly!” set the Broadway musical back 20 years. Or maybe he said it was only a 10-year setback. One of the many charms of the new “Dolly!” revival is that the 1964 musical appears to be taking place on Broadway 80 years ago. Director Jerry Zaks and designer Santo Loquasto treat the Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman show as an antique, but cover its frayed seams with a crackerjack cast.