Hello, Dolly!

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"And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?" asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. "Some people paint, some sew...I meddle," replies Dolly. Hello, Dolly! follows the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker around New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Suggested by "The Matchmaker," by Thornton Wilder.

"What is the recipe for a good musical? A slightly sentimental comedy, good music, catchy tunes, toe tapping rhythms and graceful, energetic, well rehearsed dancing, plus a sense of humour and an effervescence of happiness. Put these together with an intelligent sympathetic director, an orchestra and conductor who are in harmony with the director, designers of imagination and actors, dancers, and singers led by a brilliant conductor and no less brilliant choreographer...The changeability of the sets is almost magical, especially when choreographed by Lisa Stevens...The waiters' dance, at the opening of the second act, is the highlight of the show. It alone is worth the price of admission." — Jane Penistan, ReviewVancouver.org

"This production was by far one of the best I have seen...The scene with the waiters in the restaurant was brilliantly and flawlessly performed, making it look effortless when in fact it was perfectly timed and choreographed." — Irene Fraser, The Tiger's Eye

"...definitely a treat for the eyes...the choreography by Lisa Stevens makes good use of the space, and especially the stage's turntable. The acrobatics of the waiters in the restaurant scene — from young Matthew Rossoff to veteran Jim Hibbard (who appeared in the 1969 film version of Dolly!) — are impressive, with every stunt perfectly timed and executed...a polished and professional production of a much-loved hit...it still looks as swell as Dolly herself. " — Lauri Donahue, Jewish Independent


Production information

Hello, Dolly!
The Vancouver Playhouse (Michael Shamata, Director)
Recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement