Why is the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! such a fabulous idea? Allow me to postulate:
- This show requires lots of performers and musicians which helps keep them employed.
- It's a classic, traditional musical theatre show which nicely balances the rock musicals.
- Carol Channing set records playing "Dolly Levi" on Broadway, and Barbra Streisand played "Dolly" in the movie version.
- It's a kid-friendly show that features big dance numbers with legit high-kicking dancin' (sans high-wires) and bright, technicolor costumes to off-set the bleak grunge of other contemporary musicals.
- And did I mention that none other than Patti LuPone is supposedly being considered for the role of the revival "Dolly Levi?" Yep, you read that correctly.
No theatre or opening date has been announced -- in fact, it's all very hush-hush. Several things have to fall into place before concrete plans can be made:
- The show needs a theatre -- possibly the Palace Theatre once the West Side Story revival closes in January 2011?
- LuPone must be available -- possibly after Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown closes in January 2011?
- A suitable curmudgeon of a "Horace Vandergelder" must be cast, an actor who is strong enough to stand toe to toe with LuPone beltin' out the "Dolly" classics -- possibly Mandy Patinkin? (Though, he sings too well for the role as written.)
Stay tuned for updates on who, what, when, where, and how to get tickets.
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