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Hello, Dolly! (NYC)

From 64 critic and 2,418 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

About the show

This Broadway revival of Jerry Herman's beloved musical was the winner of four 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Now featuring returning stars Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, and Gavin Creel. More…

A meddlesome matchmaker brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant, while making sure she gets to marry the merchant herself. Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's musical collaboration spawned many classic songs, including "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By," and the title tune.

2h 35m | Already closed | Shubert Theatre (Midtown W)


96
Cabaret Scenes

"Bernadette Peters takes up the ever-fascinating mantle of Dolly in the inspiring revival of 'Hello Dolly!' alongside brilliant Victor Garber. Her fantastic stage magic and ability to hold a spotlight cracks open the heart in a classic New York love story of rich man gets the girl. Starring beside them and showcasing stunning chemistry are cast returnees, Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin. Definitely worth seeing for the fabulous atmosphere they create in this extraordinary revival." Full Review

95
Time Out New York

“A blissful Broadway revival…The part of Dolly is exquisitely suited to Midler’s enormous warmth, savvy and drive. It’s hard to imagine a better match of actor and role: It is, in a word, perfection…‘Hello, Dolly!’ may be a vehicle for its star, but this revival treats it like a vintage Rolls-Royce. From the rousing overture on, everything about the production, directed with joyful aplomb by Jerry Zaks, gleams with old-fashioned charm…Jerry Herman’s exuberant score is a show-tune bonanza.” Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"The two-time Tony Award winning performer has brought a poignancy to the production that wasn't quite in evidence with her predecessor...Which is not to say that she falls short of the role's comedic demands. Her performance is less vivacious than Midler's, but no less hilarious...If Garber's more restrained performance is less gut-busting, it's also less of a caricature...Stemp is a revelation...Zaks' perfectly tooled staging hasn't lost a step, dancing or otherwise, since the show opened." Full Review

95
AM New York

"I’ll just come right out and say it: I prefer Donna Murphy over Bette Midler in 'Hello, Dolly!'...Murphy fires from all cylinders and never lets up, bursting with vitality and comic ingenuity...Murphy is also in full voice. Her powerhouse singing takes the production numbers up by more than just a notch...People should not shy away from this lavish, lovingly old-fashioned, euphoric revival simply because they cannot score tickets to see it with Midler." Full Review

95
Gotham Playgoer

"The role of Dolly Gallagher Levi fits Midler like a glove. She captures Dolly’s energy, determination, vulnerability and humor effortlessly. Her voice is still a pleasure to hear and her dancing ain’t bad either...The producers cast the show profligately, splurged on lavish costumes and sets, excellent choreography, a large orchestra, and a top-notch director...Jerry Herman’s sturdy songs hold up very well. They don’t make shows like this anymore. For sheer entertainment, it is hard to beat." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

"This is a by-golly-and-thank-you-Jesus 'Hello, Dolly!' show...In Peters we have an actor who connects with her character. Peters conveys the circumstances as well as the determination needed to navigate the world as a single woman relying on her own wits...The entire production is a creamsicle designed to make you feel good. Period. The music is mostly jolly and occasionally poignant...A visual feast...Dolly is finally home, where she belongs." Full Review

95
NY1

"One for the ages…Under Jerry Zaks' masterful direction, this screwball of a show bounces from scene to scene with joyful abandon. What could so easily turn into parody or shtick is here a refreshing diversion that enthralls for the nearly three-hour running time…The company, across the board, is sensational…The 23-piece orchestra plays the score to perfection. And with the Divine Miss M to sing it, we've got a match made in heaven!” Full Review

95
Talkin' Broadway

“Hello, Dolly!’ itself is terrific, and director Jerry Zaks and his unassailable company have elevated it to a stratospheric level…It's dopey, predictable, and perfect. This is due in no tiny part to the airtight construction of Stewart's book…Herman's score is more memorable still…To the extent that this ‘Hello, Dolly!’ stumbles—and it isn't much—it's because Midler falls short…She may be a gleaming star, but she's not a transformative one…About as good as the Broadway musical gets.” Full Review

95
NJ.com

“'Hello, Dolly!' is so surpassingly beautiful, propelled by such glorious razzle-dazzle, and crafted with such joy and intelligence that it deserves to be studied, emulated and above all celebrated…This is what Broadway is all about...A complete, resplendent show, not just the flimsy framework for a star turn…If Midler can't always keep pace with the rest of the performers, and if her voice these days sounds a little too rough and raspy, we're too swept up in the proceedings to care.” Full Review

95
Act Three - The Reviews

"What more could you ask for in a decadent evening at the theatre?...Murphy didn't let me down with her spunk, pluck, elegance, and raw talent for playing a character. 'Wow, wow, wow' is an understatement when it comes to this show and this production does not disappoint—the lighting, the sets, the costumes and color along with the music all contribute to the nonstop feeling of exuberance and joy this show brings to the audience." Full Review

95
More Than The Play Blog

“This a stellar production that far exceeds any one name. The sets, the choreography, the direction, the orchestrations, the voices, and the full cast and chorus are incomparable. Donna Murphy is spectacular. This is classic musical theatre revived to perfection...Murphy is joyous in the role of Dolly Levi...It is the genius of director Jerry Zaks that brings it all together to deliver a musical theatre experience that feeds your soul and makes your spirit soar.” Full Review

95
Showbiz 411

"More accustomed to a narrative performance than Midler, Peters doesn’t draw attention to herself. But the show draws attention to her. She builds Dolly’s character...Garber and Peters have chemistry that Hyde Pierce and Midler did not share...The songs in 'Hello, Dolly!' just seemed more integrated, deeper, richer...If you’re a real Broadway fan, and not just here for the stunts, this is the real thing." Full Review

95
Broadway Showbiz

“Bette is very funny and brings a sweet, quirky quality to the role...When I came home, I was sobbing from the sheer beauty of the experience…The dancers need to get a special shout-out as this production was unique because of their incredible energy and skills. ‘Dolly’ is a delightful show…Incredible sets, costumes and perfect casting; you must run and buy tickets to this production. I was moved beyond words.” Full Review

95
Peconic Public Broadcasting

"Bernadette is not Carol and certainly not Bette but she has more musical comedy talent than anyone who’s ever played the part. For one thing, she can actually act and sing...If you haven’t seen the show make sure you get tickets before word gets around that the show is just as good as it was this past year when it won the Tony for best musical revival or you will be paying even bigger bucks!...Honestly the best show on Broadway today." Full Review

95
WNBC

"'Hello, Dolly!' is much more than Midler—something only made clearer when seeing the show with Donna Murphy...Bopping around the stage with near childlike glee and determination, it was impossible not to be swept up in the wake of Dolly's addicting energy. Murphy appeared to have that effect on the rest of the cast too. The entire company fired on all cylinders...One of the most exciting and satisfying experiences I've had in a Broadway theater in years." Full Review

95
Rolling Stone

"Midler is in peak form as Dolly Gallagher Levi...It's a knockout performance that will be talked about for years...I could go on about this smashing, kick-ass revival. The still-bright potency of Jerry Herman's music and lyrics, the pulsating energy of Jerry Zaks' direction, the dazzle of Santo Loquasto's sets and costumes, the high spirits of Warren Carlyle's dances that echo Gower Champion's original choreography. And the actors!" Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

"A superbly written work of bubbly fun and warm sentiment...full of memorable melodies and smart lyrics...Peters expertly delivers the exact kind of Dolly a seasoned theatregoer would expect from her...Her knack for high comedy is spot on and her quiet moments alone...are tender and heartwarming. Her vocals are pure and masterful...The production hasn't lost a step...Peters shimmering performance makes this wondrous production glitter even more brightly." Full Review

90
Broadway News

"Here, in extraordinary circumstances – following the most celebrated star turn on Broadway in memory – Peters is utterly flawless...Under the expert comic direction of Jerry Zaks, she finds something to delight us in virtually every aspect of the role. She delights us, but moves us too...The silliest jokes seem to have blossomed into true wit; the musical numbers — from what is Jerry Herman’s finest score — have just as much, if not more, buoyant zest than they did when the show opened." Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"Midler eats up the wild applause as if it is food to her soul and gives back as good as she gets...Is her voice perfect for this music? No...but she gets the intent across in spades. If you want a beautiful voice, look no further than Baldwin’s hauntingly gorgeous tones...This show is in every way over-the-top broad, campy, kitschy and corny, taking it all to a new level, but the genius of this production is everyone is on the same page thanks to Jerry Zaks." Full Review

90
New York Daily News

"The two-time Tony winner brings high spirits, warmth and a voice that will make you laugh and cry with joy...Victor Garber is gruff and blustering...Molly Griggs lends humor as straight-laced hat-shop girl Minnie Fae and London star Charlie Stemp lights up the stage with his bright smile and brilliant dancing feet as boyish clerk Barnaby...With the terrific current cast, wall-to-wall musical gems and ace dancing, design and direction, it remains a star vehicle that purrs." Full Review

90
The Clyde Fitch Report

“Jerry Zaks’ zingingly wonderful revival…For decades, Midler has known how to make the stage her own. She does so here…She makes every one of Jerry Herman’s cheerfully melodic tunes a tied-with-a-ribbon gift…Hyde Pierce bombasts beautifully…Baldwin is stunning and stately…Especially, and not to be forgotten, are the dancers and their tireless, athletic, work-like-play antics before, during and after the unforgettable title number.” Full Review

90
CitiTour

"Peters does more than full justice to the character of Dolly...Still oozing her particular kewpie-doll charm and singular sex appeal, Peters enchants...Can still trot out a strong yet flexible voice...Her comic brilliance is a bit of a surprise; she manages to find many very funny moments, even in places even Midler couldn't find them...Bernadette Peters is back where she belongs on the Great White Way, and giving the performance of a lifetime!" Full Review

90
Deadline

"Murphy is absolutely wonderful as the meddling, multitasking matchmaker...Murphy’s Dolly is gabby, game and gleeful as she dispenses the pleasures of Jerry Herman’s songs and Michael Stewart’s lines...Jerry Zaks’ production is better. The dancing of Warren Carlyle’s choreography is sharper and funnier. The sound is more crisp, the ensemble more assured and the accompanying stars perfectly aligned." Full Review

90
Theater Life

“Midler brings all of her considerable talents to bear in this scintillating revival…Director Jerry Zaks, Midler, and a superb company breathe new life into the old gal. Zaks and choreographer Warren Carlyle give the show speed and youthful energy…Though her voice is limited, she brings reams of subtext to each number…Hyde-Pierce’s ultra-stuffy Horace Vandergelder is the perfect foil for Midler’s life-embracing Dolly…This joyous ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is a loving salute to a past tradition.” Full Review

90
Theatermania

"The production has made its own happy match with the show and its new lead — the vivacious, ethereal Peters, who has us in her palm the instant she lowers her newspaper in the opening scene...This is the theater magic we come to Broadway for, and it delivers right from the get-go...In an otherwise rollicking musical, Peters gives us a new, beautifully moving portrait of a well-known character, and it only takes a moment for us to fall in love with her and 'Dolly!' all over again." Full Review


100
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You enjoy campy shows with an adorable, forgiving, meddlesome character. Great New York history backdrop, BETTE MIDLER, The Company is OMG!

Don't see it if You don’t like strong female leads and “fourth dimension” dialogue (cast will narrarate to the audience).

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Big Brassy Broadway Classics Done Right.

Don't see it if you have no soul... :-)

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love a classic musical done beautifully. I saw it with Bernadette and she was magnificent! The entire cast was wonderful!

Don't see it if You don't like Bette Midler, or classic musicals.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Bette Midler & entire cast were fabulous. Love the set and staging.

Don't see it if Traditional Broadway Show.

100
Funny, Must see, Great staging, Masterclass

See it if You love classic musical theatre - Bette Midler is spectacular and mesmerizing. The energy in the room is amazing!

Don't see it if You don't like older style, classic, musical theatre

100
Epic, Masterful, Must see, Romantic, Great staging

See it if Campy revival of the beloved romantic musical. Comic timing of Ms. Midler elevates the splashy production numbers. Endearing supporting cast

Don't see it if Though welcomed, the "improvised" asides break the fourth wall and rhythm night after night.

100
Delightful, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love lavish productions of classic musicals.

Don't see it if You don’t like traditional musicals.

100
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love bette midler and big production numbers with sing along tined

Don't see it if You don’t like campy or musicals

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience a legendary performer in an iconic Broadway musical show.

Don't see it if You don't like old-fashioned entertainment.

100
Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love really great musicals, want to see a truly refreshing different revival that takes the show one step further!

Don't see it if you hate musicals, are looking for a revival of the same ole same ole.

Also Bette Midler has found the role for her. She truly is Dolly Levi! Bett... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love good old fashioned musical comedy at it's absolute finest. Exquisite choreography, luscious sets and costumes, and Fab staging.

Don't see it if Hate having fun, enjoyment, or smiling.

100
Funny, Delightful, Exquisite, Must see, Great staging

See it if You love Dolly and all the wonderful things she brings with her!!!

Don't see it if If you live under a rock.

100
Beautiful, heartfelt, funny

See it if You appreciate a classic style big musical, and, of course, if you love Bernadette Peters. All the big musical features, and a huge heart!

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep and serious

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if you love classic BIG shows with BIG celebrities and BIG numbers.

Don't see it if you hate Broadway. Otherwise I can't think of any reason not to see it.

100
Funny, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to see Broadway at its finest. Amazing cast, sets, songs, dancing. It has it all and the story isn't dated. Fantastic!

Don't see it if you don't like classic broadway musicals.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if This show oozes the appeal of a classic musical. Then songs are catchy, the score is sweeping and the characters are enchanting.

Don't see it if Avoid it is you dislike more "show tune" type music; this is by no means a pop or rock musical.

100
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if brings so much joy .... very entertaining

Don't see it if only if you don't want to have a good time at the theater

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you love a beautifully executed, grand spectacle of a Broadway classic!!!!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the classics, or are looking for something edgy or contemporary

Also I saw Bernadette Peters' opening night, and it was masterful. The enti... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Youre looking for a happy musical that will make your night!

Don't see it if You arent a fan of classic musicals

100
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the storyline, music, and/or the humor of the complexity of human relationships.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the meddlesome works of human beings.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You absolutely love Broadway Musicals - the classic, old school, dazzle dazzle, showtune, dictionary definition brand of Broadway Musicals.

Don't see it if You are into contemporary, edgy, modern day pop-rock musicals.

100
Absorbing, Must see

See it if You want to see a star in a great role, and fantastic staging.

Don't see it if You don't like old-fashioned musical comedy.

100
Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy musical comedy... Hello Dolly! is a classic not to be missed!

Don't see it if classic musical comedy is not your thing.

100
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see an old fashion musical and be marvelously entertained for three hours.

Don't see it if you want a more engrossing, darker musical.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned musical comedy with show stopping numbers, energetic choreography, vibrant costumes and sets

Don't see it if old fashioned musicals


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