She was horribly miscast.
dmwnc1959 said: I saw the show twice on Broadway: Bernadette Peters on May 30thand Bette Midler on August 18th. Seven weeks after I watchedBette, I sawBetty Buckley onOctober 5th and 6th. There is nothing scaled back in the touring show that made any differencewhen comparedto the shows I saw on Broadway.I saw “Hello, Dolly!”4 times in 18 weeks. Am I’m one of the ONLY people onthis entire forum that’s seen the touring productionTWICE.So,if there was THAT much of a difference -sets, props, or whatever -I would have seen it. Yes, there are some very minor differences. But they did not matter. This show, simply put, is an absolutejoy to behold. I loved it so much I’m planning to see it twice in Columbus, OH when it comes next May, and already have my ticket reserved for Aug 2019 when it comes to Pittsburgh."Thanks @dmwnc1959. Good to know. I guess we're going back to Yonkers. However, CATS tickets are still toast and being listed on TM the day the public onsale starts. (Unless someone on here wants some inexpensive side orchestra tickets.)
EthelMae said: "As I’ve posted ad nauseum here, I saw Miss Buckley in Utica. She was wonderful. I’ve seen the show numerous times but this was the first time I saw the show sitting next to a widow. My friend lost her husband several years ago and when the first act curtain fell, my friend was in tears. Kinda proving the point that Dolly is so much more than a musical comedy. Miss Buckley was very moving in that last speech before Parade. And the woman critic in Cleveland landed it by saying (paraphrase) that it was poignant watching a 71-year old who moved and acted like a 71-year old still reaching out to life."This reminds me of a production of Funny Girl I had seen at a theatre I was going to perform in after their run. We got comped tickets and some of the Funny Girl cast was going to be in my show. I wasn't terribly taken with the production and Fanny had no comic timing. when I mentioned this, the other people said, well, maybe, but her dramatic scenes were wonderful! And I couldn't help but think, it's FUNNY girl.Hello Dolly is a musical Comedy.
Niles Silvers said: "She was horribly miscast."BuddyStarr said: "This reminds me of a production of Funny Girl..." But when YOU saw this show with Betty Buckley in it, whether it was in Utica or Cleveland, did YOU enjoy the show? As YOU were sitting there at the performances in Utica or Cleveland, what is it in Betty Buckley’s performance that YOU witnessed that she could improve on? Or are you just spouting personal “opinions” based off of some critic’s review? I’ve also seen the movie recently, after seeing the show as previously mentioned, and didn’t think Streisand was all that funny. Sarcastic, yes. But not soooo funny that I’ll call her role in the show comedic. All of the naysayers who are slamming the show and haven’t seen it will be projecting that negativity into a self-fullfillng prophecy when you do eventually see it. When is that? Next year? Which is a shame. As I’ve said, I HAVE seen Betty Buckley, twice in this show, on consecutive nights. If it was that bad I’d not be considering investing several hundreds of dollars in tickets plus traveling expenses. I didn’t even do that with WICKED, which is still my favorite.
LizzieCurry said: "Has anyone here actually been slamming the show, though? Or just her?(I'm going to see it next month, but I'm not going for her, so it's a moot point to me...)" Betty Buckley and the touring production of “Hello, Dolly!” have both been negatively commented on or had doubts cast, whether it’s the staging and orchestra, or the title person. This started even before the first previews in Utica while the show was still in rehearsals. Once the Utica shows were done and the first pictures came out, along with member comments, some of that was swayed.But after the first critical review of Betty Buckley came out from Cleveland, some people would give up on the entire show simply based on that. I’m still seeing Instagram and Twitter comments of those who go to see the show, and to see Betty Buckley, and loved both. These people are not paid critics, but regular people like you and I that attend theater performances with season subscriptions. I’ve yet to see one comment in all of those that was negative. As I commented on in the other Dolly thread, I’ve seen three takes of how the title role is played, and they were all different. At this point Bernadette is still my favorite and Bette last place of the three “B’s” I’ve seen. But as someone intimated, it was the “Bette Show” and not so much “Hello, Dolly!” we really went for.
I have seen Betty Buckley perform many times, dating back half a century. Two nights ago, "Dolly" came to town. As familiar as I am with Betty, I didn't see her on stage. I saw only "Dolly". She loses herself in the role. Hilariously funny at times, poignantly sad at others. When she cried real tears during "Parade," so did I. Her interpretation of the songs is uniquely Betty Buckley, and absolutely spot-on for the character. This woman has perfected her craft, and her "Dolly Levi" proves it. "Thank You" Betty Buckley!
The good news: The tour does not seem scaled down from Broadway A Few minor things that don't make much difference. The bad news: Having seen B Peters, B Midler and D Murphy in the role --the show was socko. They all brought something unique, funny and themselves to it.Unfortunately, as good as an actor as Betty Buckley is, she sinks the show. She is just not right for the role. She has no comic chops. There is something very off with her casting.The show is not called Hello Horace. Or Hello Irene Molloy. Or Bye Bye Barnaby.. Buckley doesn't have the comic chops or stage presence to pull this one off. She needs to stick to dramatic roles.I have no axe to grind against Betty Buckley Having loved Dolly with ALL of the Broadway ladies, I was interested to see what Buckly could bring to it. The best I can say is she knew her lines, smiled and didn't bump into the furniture.
Betty talks about touring ........
HereAndThere2 said: "I have seen Betty Buckley perform many times, dating back half a century. Two nights ago, "Dolly" came to town. As familiar as I am with Betty, I didn't see her on stage. I saw only "Dolly". She loses herself in the role. Hilariously funny at times, poignantly sad at others. When she cried real tears during "Parade," so did I. Her interpretation of the songs is uniquely Betty Buckley, and absolutely spot-on for the character.This woman has perfected her craft, and her "Dolly Levi" proves it. "Thank You" Betty Buckley!"Agree completely! She nailed it!
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