Last night I had the absolute delight of seeing Donna Murphy in Broadway’s smash hit Hello, Dolly! This production of Hello, Dolly! is nothing short of a masterpiece. I loved the fact that there was not a single computerized projection. Every single backdrop was the old-school style of a painted cloth that comes down from the ceiling.
The set was magical. The second the curtain went up, I felt like I was transported to the golden age of Broadway. As the overture began, a huge smile appeared on my face. That smile didn’t leave until the end of the curtain call when it was over. As I write this the next day, my face is still stiff!
This fantastic Jerry Herman show tells the story of Dolly Levi, a jack of all trades that arranges marriages. Years after her husband Ephram has passed, she intends to marry Horace Vandergelder, the half-millionaire. Through the crazy string of events that ensues, we get to know delightful characters that we instantly fall in love with including Cornelius Hackl, Barnaby Tucker, Irene Molloy, and Minnie Fay. Through the classic numbers such as “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, and the title song “Hello Dolly!” the show is stopped with a standing ovation multiple times during the show.
Donna Murphy gives an extraordinary performance as Dolly Levi getting a laugh out of the audience every other line. She plays Dolly in a way that we want to see her find that happiness. When she walked out in that grand red dress with the massive hat arriving at the Harmonia Gardens, the audience cheered before she even started singing. She greeted all the staff and they greeted her in return in the fantastic number “Hello Dolly!”
David Hyde Pierce was also absolutely incredible in the show as was the entire cast. Dolly is truly back where she belongs and will hopefully be here for a very long time. This is quite possibly my new favorite show currently on Broadway. When this show closes the world will be divided into 2 groups—the lucky group that saw this revival of Hello, Dolly! and those that missed out! If you have the chance, make sure that you are one of the lucky ones!
A college student who sees many shows annually.