Hello Dolly! 2017 Broadway Revival Cast Recording Masterworks Broadway 5 Stars BUY A COPY As soon as it was announced that the role of Dolly Levi would be played by the one and only Bette Midler, lovers of classic Broadway musicals were rushing out to get their tickets ensuring that this would be the revival to beat this season. Indeed, on Sunday at the Tony Awards, it took home four awards including Best Revival and Best Actress in A Musical and listening to this fabulous cast album it’s easy to understand why! There’s something about a Jerry Herman score, that unmistakeable magic, the ability to translate character, comedy and that special feel-good something through music and lyrics and Hello Dolly! is no exception. Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, Dolly Levi is a role that has been played by some of the greatest including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Danny La … Read more
Broadway legend Bernadette Peters (Sunday In The Park With George, Follies, Annie Get Your Gun) returns to the Broadway stage in one of the greatest musicals of all time – Hello, Dolly! Starring alongside Victor Garber, Ms Peters leads the revival of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s glorious comedy as the redoubtable matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, following in the footsteps of Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and one Barbra Streisand. Bursting with golden age musical charm, Hello, Dolly! is an extravagant slice of entertainment, and includes countless classic Broadway showstoppers, such as ‘It Only Takes A Moment’ and ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’. Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, the show debuted on Broadway in 1964, starring Carol Channing in the titular role. A storming success, it won an unprecedented 10 Tonys at that year’s ceremony and was adapted for the big screen five years later, with a cast led … Read more
Welcome to our second instalment of votes from our Top 100 Greatest Musicals of all time poll. There are a few new entries and some bona fide classics in this part of the list. Congratulations to all those who are listed in our roll call of truly great musicals. Did your favourites make the Top 100? Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below. 90. Sweet Charity One of the first Fellini movies to be adapted as a musical, Sweet Charity brought together some of the greatest musical theatre talent of all time, starting with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. Sweet Charity was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starred his then wife Gwen Verdon. The show was nominated for 9 Tony Awards and is well know for showstoppers including Big Spender, If My Friends Could … Read more
Hot on the heals of the news that Bette Midler will be headed back to Broadway in the role of Dolly Levi in a sparkling new production of Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly! comes this wonderful clip of the diva’s who auditioned for the part. Performed by the incomparable Christine Pedi we will leave it to you to decide if the producers made the right choice. Enjoy!