Review Roundup: Media Theatre's HELLO, DOLLY Starring Andrea McArdle
Let's see what the critics had to say:
Jim Rutter, Philly.com: "...Especially in that five minutes, during which McArdle dazzles in Dolly's famed title entrance number, her incendiary orange dress capped with an arresting feather, as though Dunn had built the entire play around this showstopper to cap memories of a production the audience won't soon forget."
Dante J.J. Bevilacqua, Digital First Media: Director/choreographer Dann Dunn offers a balance of razzle-dazzle and storytelling, recapturing the old-time Broadway magic in his modestly staged production which puts the focus on a solid ensemble effort and a scintillating star turn by the ever-radiant Andrea McArdle as the irrepressible title character....From the moment she glides onto the stage, McArdle is electrifying. Beautifully dressed in colorful tones from chapeau to toe, her Dolly Levi is a stunner who takes charge and has both the ensemble and the audience eating out of her hand from her first song to her last.
Christina Perryman, Delcon News Network: Andrea McArdle sparkled as Dolly. Her voice is exceptional and she brought out the character's whimsical eccentricities well. Kelly Briggs was perfect as Horace Vandergelder. Briggs was a loveable curmudgeon. I especially liked the quartet of Partick Ludt (Cornelius), Cameron Scot Slusser (Barnaby), Elisa Matthews (Irene) and Madalyn St. John (Minnie).