March 7 – 29, 2009
Hello, Dolly!, brought to us by the legendary composer and lyricist Jerry Herman (Mac and Mable, La Cage) and book writer Michael Stewart (Bye Bye, Birdie!, Carnival!,
Jennifer Lewis (Hairspray, Mother Courage and her Children with Meryl Streep and countless more) stars as the matron of matrimony herself, Dolly Gallagher Levi and does it with grace and panache not many could match. With a powerhouse voice and inspiring poignancy, Lewis truly rocks
David Armstrong’s direction, too, is absolutely fabulous. His Midas touch shines again with this hit show. Surrounded with some of the most spectacular costumes
One must keep in mind that it is a Golden Age show, which at times can send the jokes sailing right past a modern audience. Some of the built-in laugh-holds go amiss when the audience lacks a solid 1970’s sensibility. However, this is a small consideration when pitted against an overall fantastic production.
Keep your eyes peeled for more from the 5th Avenue as they conclude this season with Sunday in the Park with George and Grease followed by a spectacular new season in the works for 2009-2010 (see our updates for details) and make sure not to miss this classic bit of Broadway history: Hello, Dolly!
Review by Nigel Andrews