Widow Dolly Gallagher Levi, strongminded matchmaker, arrives in New York to “help” Horace Vandergelder, a curmudgeonly, half-a-millionaire, widowed shop owner, find a new wife – while secretly plotting to marry him herself.
Meanwhile two of Vandergelder’s comedically-ridiculous employees leave the shop abandoned and strike out, determined to find adventure. Sweeping dance numbers, hilarious missteps, endearing chaos and, of course, love ensue.
Called “Broadway’s Greatest Musical”, Hello, Dolly! packs a punch of “swoops, whirls, and high kicks” (The Guardian) and is named “a musical comedy dream” (Rolling Stone). With “raucous joy” (Newsday) and just plain “perfection” (Time Out New York), this show is an “impeccable blend of spectacle and star power” (Entertainment Weekly).
With well-known anthems like “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and the titular song “Hello, Dolly!”, force-of-nature Dolly Levi has been embodied by some of Broadway’s biggest leading ladies, including Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Barbra Streisand, and Bette Midler.
Based on 1938’s The Merchant of Yonkers, Hello, Dolly! premiered in 1964, with Book by Michael Stewart and Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman.
Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy” (The Washington Post) and is “a musical comedy dream!” (Rolling Stone).