I had the pleasure of seeing Betty Buckley and the national tour of Hello, Dolly! on Saturday afternoon at The Smith Center in Las Vegas. Kudos to all.
However, I have a question: I've seen Dolly many times (during its first run, Channing's revival, tours, and the recent Broadway revival - Donna Murphy). At the end of the title number, Dolly and the waiter's start the "duck walk" on stage left of the passerale and move in the direction of stage right. The same is
I haven't seen Bette Midler, BUT, having seen Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Merman, and a few others as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Donna Murphy inhabits the role with the best of them.
I saw this revival three times (Wolf Trap, Pittsburgh, and Broadway). At the Broadway performance, Carol went up on a line during the eating scene at the Harmonia Gardens. She turned to the audience and said, "Well, that's what you get with me." They ate it up.
A friend said of the show at the time: "It was like visiting with an old friend."
I agree with Dame that the video captures a very robotic performance, which I had not felt in the theatre. NOTE: I
goldenboy said: "Saw Donna Murphy tonight. Donna's Dolly was more real, funny, warm, more manipulative and in charge and totally believable. You were watching Dolly Levi up there. Donna sang and danced impeccably and was technically a better Dolly if lacking the superstar excitement of Bette. Donna reminded me of one part Mary Martin; one part Shirley Booth; one part Fanny Brice and one part Zazu Pitts. Donna was a totally belieivable and wonderful Dolly. .&nb
I thoroughly enjoyed Donna Murphy in Hello, Dolly! She was well received, and I enjoyed all of the principals. The look of the production was great. I don't think anyone would be disappointed seeing Donna instead of Bette. I sat next to visitors from London, and they were super impressed.
I saw Martha Raye as Dolly one month after seeing Carol Channing on tour as Dolly. I saw Channing from the next to the last row of the balcony in a 2400 seat theatre, and saw Martha Raye from the front row of the St. James. I was familiar with Raye from TV, and she was always quite the comedic cut-up. I thought of her as "mugging" quite a lot. However, she played the role of Dolly quite legitimately, sang well, and her comic talents worked well in the hat shop scene and the eating s
Hello, Dolly! was my first Broadway show. I saw it a number of times during its original run (and on tour) and all of the original Broadway Dollys except for Phyllis Diller (I saw Channing and Ginger Rogers during their touring performances).
When I heard that the show was closing, I made one last pilgrimage to NYC to see the show (Merman) in early December of 1970. I chatted with the stage door man that day and was telling him about seeing all of the Broadway Dollys except for Phyllis
I tried to get tickets to see Bette, but didn't have the $550+ needed to secure a ticket. So I'm seeing Donna Murphy at the end of June. I'm excited to see the production, and having seen Donna Murphy previously on Broadway, I'm sure she'll be great.
I saw Betsy Palmer at Music Carnival in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH. It was a large tent for theatre in the round productions. I hadn't remembered that particular staging of the Sunday Clothes number, so it's possible it was stage similar to your memory. I just recall enjoying the production, because at that point in time I'd already seen the Broadway production a number of times.
Stage Door Sally said: "I've also seen lackluster Dollys, notably one at the Gateway Playhouse, the whole production was like watching paint dry and Dolly - Mimi Hines was clearly struggling. So it depends on the cast."
I saw Mimi Hines in a tour that featured the original sets and costumes. Phil Ford was her Vandergelder. Although I'm a fan of the show, that was the worst production of Hello, Dolly! I've ever seen. Ms. Hines "struggled"
I'm seeing Donna Murphy at the end of June. I'm a fan of the show. Saw the original Broadway run nine times and several touring and stock companies during those years, and the last Channing revival (3 times). I've enjoyed Donna Murphy's work, and I have no doubt that she'll make a great Dolly.
My love is for the show, not a particular performer. I tried to get a ticket for Midler in April or May, but wasn't prepared to pay $500 or more and sit in the last two ro
Yes, I'm equally curious about the sets for this new production of Dolly. In the one official photograph, showing the title number, it certainly looked like the Harmonia Gardens set echoed the original Oliver Smith design.
Can anyone who has seen the original and the new production comment on the sets and their differences?
Yes, the choreography for the Pearl Bailey company was essentially the original Gower Champion choreography. Sets and costumes remained the same. I had the pleasure to see Pearl Bailey do Dolly twice. This video brings back so many fond memories.
Dollypop said: "I've already expressed how wonderfully moved I was by this production. It is joy personified. Just becausecwe love something or someone doesn't mean we should ignore the glitches in it.
I was greatly impressed with Bette but her performance isn't there yet. She has to start listening to the audience and find where the laughs land. Example: In "So Long Dearie" she punched up the phrase "You can snuggle up to your cash register"
Michael Bennett said: "The original 1964 production didn't have an overture. The overture printed in the piano score is (I believe) one that was released specifically for stock / amateur roll-out. The Pearl Bailey cast recording includes an overture, but I'm not sure this was actually heard in the theatre (Dollypop would likely know the answer to that). The overture in this production is entirely new.