|Betty Buckley as Dolly Levi (photo by Julieta Cervantes)
After seeing this revival for the second time, I finally downloaded the cast recording, having fallen even more in love with Jerry Herman's score. The full and lush pit orchestra, conducted by Music Director Robert Billig, really brings to life these wonderfully classic songs like "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By," and of course the title song. The dance numbers (choreographed by Warren Carlyle) are just over the top gorgeous, everything you want and more from this type of show.
|the cast of Hello, Dolly! (photo by Julieta Cervantes)
|the train! the costumes! (photo by Julieta Cervantes)
This is a show in which the audience applauds revelations of set and costumes, but fortunately there's substance below the spectacle, namely the story of this strong woman who dictates not only her own fate but those around her. It's just a perfectly executed revival of a beloved classic.
Hello, Dolly! continues at the Orpheum Theatre on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis through April 28.
*Plot summary borrowed from what I wrote about the 2014 production at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.