Since seeing Hello, Dolly! at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on opening night, I can’t stop singing “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” one of the classic songs in this incredibly fun Broadway revival.
The show is filled with such joy and enthusiasm, you can’t help but leave singing (in my case, out of tune) and feeling better than when you arrived. Part of why it’s so delightful is getting to see legendary Broadway star Betty Buckley who seems to be having a ball playing the matchmaker Dolly.
If you follow Broadway, you know that Bette Midler won a Tony for her Dolly in 2017. And that Bernadette Peters played Dolly after that. Buckley fills their shoes just wonderfully in the show led by four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.
The minute she walked on stage the audience lost its collective mind. It’s not just Buckley that brings energy to this throwback musical; the rest of the cast was fantastic, especially Nic Rouleau and Jess LeProtto who play Cornelius and Barnaby, the two young men who ditch their ungrateful boss and take off for an adventure in New York City.
If you end up going as a family, you’ll likely have to explain the plot to younger kids. The matchmaker Dolly, who is the smartest, most interesting, most resourceful person around, has come up with a plot to marry Horace Vandergelder – who is non of those things – because he has money.
She married once for love, but he died and she’s tired of the hustle. In addition to matchmaking, she can also take care of your varicose veins and teach music. Dolly sets her sights on Horace even though she has already set him up with another widow. The convoluted plot leads to some excellent dance numbers and songs that you probably already know deep, down in your memory.
Hello, Dolly! is a fun show for families that love musicals. It runs now through February, 17 2019 Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.
Disclosure: I was given opening night tickets for review purposes.