Hello, Dolly! Details
First produced in 1964 with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! follows the story of effervescent widow Dolly Gallagher Levi and her quest to find a second husband. A matchmaker by trade, Dolly takes an interest in one of her clients, the half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. And while Horace is seemingly not a match for Dolly considering his crotchety attitude, he slowly learns to appreciate her charms by the play’s end.
It takes a special performer indeed to fully inhabit the role of Dolly, and perhaps none has done it better than the legendary Bette Midler does it on Broadway today. An icon of the stage and the screen, Midler’s starring role in Hello, Dolly! is her first appearance on Broadway in a book musical since her playing Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof in the 1960s. Her ageless, show-stealing energy has brought audiences to the Shubert Theatre in droves, and critics can’t say enough about her performance. “Without stripping gears, [Midler] makes fast switches from explosive comedy to a sober emotionalism that never cloys,” wrote critic Ben Brantley in the New York Times, giving the show a Critic’s Pick designation in his review. “And her final scenes...may leave you with tears in your eyes without your quite understanding why.” In June 2017, Midler won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. On Tuesday nights, theatergoers can see a fresh take on the character of Dolly, as two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy (Passion, The King and I) takes center stage once a week.