Hello Dolly, Broadway, July 15th, 2017 – 2:00PM
From the costumes, to large ensemble numbers and sets, Hello Dolly exceeded my initial hesitant expectations. Despite the first act being somewhat slow, the show increasingly improved as it went on. Bette Midler was sharp, quirky and hysterical. Her comic timing was priceless, and her facial expressions and mannerisms are definitely what earned her the Tony Award for this revival. The rest of the leading cast; Creel, Baldwin, Trencsh and Pierce were excellent, and gelled in with the show. I am very interested to see how the show continues once Middler leaves, as she clearly adds a je ne sais quoi to the role of Dolly.
It is no surprise that this show is booked out until November, with the average seat costing over $300. I went to the box office at 10:30, and requested a standing room seat, for $47. I stood at the back of the stalls for the first act, and moved to sit down for the second act. I advice you to do the same. Tuesday nights tend to be cheaper as Bette Midler does not perform, instead the role of Dolly Levi is played by Donna Murphy.