Premiering in 1964 and charming the audience since then, Hello, Dolly! is based on the play The Matchmaker. The musical is critically acclaimed having received reviews like ‘Good-hearted fun’ by Variety, ‘A triumph!’ by The Washington Post, ‘Infectious enthusiasm!’ by Los Angeles Times and ‘One of the biggest, brightest musicals of this century!’ by The New York Times. The story revolves around a middle-aged widow who plays the role of a famous matchmaker. Due to her skills as a matchmaker, she gets hired by a millionaire to find for him an ideal wife. Dolly’s encounter with the millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, soon gets her into the realization that she needs to find someone for herself as well and settle down in life. She believes Horace would be a perfect husband for her and decides to woo him with her charm.
To bring this whole story to life on stage, the role of Dolly is being played by the phenomenal actress Karen Ziemba. Having received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performances, Ziemba is an ideal pick. Her co-star, David Lively (Jeff Award nominee), playing the role of Horace is no less talented. However, the musical doesn’t stand where it is today just because of the brilliant cast. People working behind the scenes have an equal contribution to the show’s success. The groundbreaking numbers like ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘Elegance’, Before the Parade Passes By’ and ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’ by Jerry Herman make your heart sing and your feet tap.
While the hit music pleases the audience, the enticing scenic design by the Jeff Award winner, Scenic Designer Kevin Depinet itself is a treat for the eyes. The lavish scenery is further enhanced by Jesse Klug’s expertise on lighting which adds the wow factor to the overall set design. Further credit is to be given to the costume designer, Theresa Ham, who has created the dresses in such a way that they are a perfect fit and depict the elegant time of 1890s in its true essence. Moreover, the colors given to the costumes are vibrant which help create a very lively ambience. Other than the colors, the show-stopping dances help create a more spirited environment. Everything from the set to the music, to the costumes as well as the choreography, is worth watching and adds to the brilliance of the musical.
Hello, Dolly! has bagged ten Tony Awards, all won in a single year for the best ‘Musical’, ‘Author’, ‘Costume Designer’, ‘Composer and Lyricist’, ‘Actress’, ‘Director’, ‘Scenic Designer’, ‘Producer’, ‘Choreographer’ and ‘Conductor and Musical Director’. Besides this, two Outer Critics Circle Awards were won in the year 1967-68. The list continues with The Drama Desk Award bagged in the year 1969-70. Since its debut, awards have been raining on the cast and crew, hence the eminence.
Hello, Dolly! has been described as a full entertainment package. It promises you and your family a night full of comedy with melodious numbers to go with it. So, get ready to travel back in time as the musical will bring an ear to ear grin on your face and the dazzling costumes will make your eyes sparkle. Buying Hello, Dolly! tickets is a decision you won’t regret, so rush and reserve a seat for yourself right away.