Mention Hello Dolly! and everyone thinks of the 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand.
This musical, first shown in 1964, has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. Dolly has been played by stars such as Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Danny La Rue and, most recently in 2017, Bette Midler.
At the turn of the 20th century, New York City is excited because widowed but brassy Dolly Gallagher Levi is in town. Dolly makes a living through what she calls “meddling” – matchmaking and numerous sidelines, including dance instruction and mandolin lessons. She is currently seeking a wife for half-millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, but it becomes clear that Dolly intends to marry Horace herself.
Horace explains to his two clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, that he is going to get married. He plans to travel with Dolly to New York City to propose to the widow Irene Molloy, who owns a hat shop there. He sets off for New York and leaves Cornelius and Barnaby to run the store. Cornelius decides that he and Barnaby need to get out of Yonkers. They’ll go to New York, have a good meal, spend all their money, see the stuffed whale in Barnum’s museum, almost get arrested, and each kiss a girl! They blow up some tomato cans to create a terrible stench and a good alibi to close the store.
What follows in New York is mistaken identities, lost wallets and a dancing competition. But will Dolly get her man and will Cornelius and Barnaby fulfil their wishes?
Featuring the well-known songs Elegance, It Only Takes A Moment, Put On Your Sunday Coat, It Takes A Woman and, of course, Hello Dolly, this fast-paced musical comedy is a show not to be missed.
Presented by Blackpool Operatic Players who performed Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 2018.
Book By Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Hermann
Based on the Play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc by arrangement with Musicscope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.