24 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 86.
The New York Times
"Pretty much everything Midler does stops the show...Midler never pushes for effect. Her every bit of shtick has been precisely chosen and honed, and rather than forcing it down our throats, she makes us come to her to admire it. Much of the rest of Zaks’ production charges at us like a prancing elephant, festooned in shades of pink…A tone of sunny desperation isn’t out of keeping with what seems to be this production’s escapist mission, which is to deliver nostalgia with an exclamation point."
"Midler serves up a star performance of glowing luster, rambunctious clowning and, on just a few occasions, surprising emotional delicacy...Midler transforms this cotton-candy cloud of a musical into a bona fide theatrical event...The aesthetic approach here is more a matter of loving restoration than reinvention...It remains a featherweight piece of pure escapism...A star shines best when there are strong talents around her to reflect her light, and Midler has been so surrounded here."
“Midler is dishing out comic gold in a joyous revival that will remind you why you fell in love with Broadway in the first place…‘Dolly’ is as catchy and irresistible as ever. Jerry Herman's hit-parade score will stick with you for weeks…The cast brings pristine comic timing to Michael Stewart's hilarious book…Midler embraces the audience and the energy it brings with a giant bear hug...A rare experience that even the most jaded theatergoer will have trouble resisting.”
“Hello, Dolly!” was also reviewed by Maya Stanton of Entertainment Weekly, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.
The show was also reviewed by 293 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 91.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging
See it if…"You love a classic funny musical with high production values."
Don't see it if…"You want something modern with an edgier message. Also, on Tuesday, April 18 Bette's voice was hoarse. Hopefully she feels better!"
See it if…"You love big, classic Broadway shows. This is a magical night and Bette Midler is an absolute vision!"
Don't see it if…"You don't like classic musical theater songs or flashy dances."
See it if…"You love classic musical theater comedies with great songs, tons of laughs, wonderful singing, and non-stop joy."
Don't see it if…"You think musicals should be depressing and full of angst."
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