The entire musical is about rebirth, despite its frivolous facade: Three of the main characters are hoping to find new happiness after the death of a spouse (Dolly, Irene, and Horace), and Cornelius at 33 is facing of life that would imprison him as a kind of indentured servant to Vandergelder.
Two of the songs are about reconnecting to a community ("Before the Parade" and the title number), and four of the songs are about finding happiness before it
The production, the cast, the designs, the orchestra are all operating in Perfect Mode. Absolutely perfect, pitch perfect, confection perfect. Jerry Zaks deserves not just a Tony but a Nobel Prize for instilling such joie de vivre into every aspect of this production. Musical-comedy high spirits are hard in this day-and-age. This production makes it seem as if it had never gone away.
The overture immediately puts the entire audience into a kind of sugar rush that
Some idiot said: (while I absolutely DO NOT condone this) the number of people pulling out their phones to snap a pic of Ms Midler coming down the staircase was insane. And while it was a total distraction at first, it almost added to the euphoric, "iconic moment" feeling I had while watching the show. (while I absolutely DO NOT condone this) the number of people pulling out their phones to snap a pic of Ms Midler coming down the staircase was insane. And while it was