Regarding the recent London production I couldn't make up my mind whether it was the writing or the acting but I think anyone going in expecting to see a rediscovered masterpiece will be disappointed. A period piece, yes, and an interesting one for documenting the attitudes of the time and perhaps setting where we are now in context.
That's a great analysis of Hello Dolly, PJ, none of which had occurred to me but is absolutely there. It would seem that Jerry Herman's score moves quickly to our hearts whilst leaving almost-impenetrable footprints in our mind.
Interesting that so many British critics have reviewed this. Since it was always going to be critic-proof dare I suggest that some of them, like Cornelius and Barnaby, just wanted to put on their Sunday clothes and have a jolly in New York at their employers' expense!
Anyway, the most important words in the Gay Times review are "London transfer, please."
RippedMan said: "Do they not do like "best book" "best score" kinda thing?"
The proportion of straight drama to musical theatre is different in London; most years there aren't enough new musicals in the West End to justify the variety of musical categories that the Tony awards have.