Nov. 19 – Dec. 1
“Hello, Dolly!” won no less than four Tony Awards in 2017 including Best Musical Revival. The history of “Hello, Dolly!” is rich and dates back to 1964, when it first appeared on Broadway. “Hello, Dolly!” featured lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. The play was based on the book “The Merchant of Yonkers,” written by Thornton Wilder and released in 1938.
When it was produced on Broadway the show won 10 Tony Awards – a record that the play held onto for 37 years. The cast album reached number one on the Billboard album chart and would go on to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theater hits with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film “Hello Dolly!” which starred Barbra Streisand and won three Academy Awards.
The film, like the play, tells the story of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi who travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for Horace Vandergelder, a “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire.” Carol Channing originated the role of Dolly on Broadway and would go on to reprise the role in a couple of revivals. Others who have also played Dolly on Broadway include Pearl Bailey and Bette Midler. Betty Buckley originally played Dolly on this tour but Dolly will be played by Carolee Carmello for the Detroit shows.
The version of “Hello, Dolly!” that is coming to Detroit pays homage to the original work of legendary director and choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.