Broadway veteran, Betty Buckley, steals the show in the Los Angeles Limited Engagement of Hello, Dolly! now playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre
I recently had the pleasure of attending the spectacular opening night performance of a revival of one of the most beloved iconic musicals of all time, Hello, Dolly! at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. This production features the legendary Tony Award winning Broadway legend, Betty Buckley in the leading role. Surprisingly, as a seasoned musical theater buff, I have never had the chance to see Hello, Dolly! before and this L.A. Premiere Engagement was well worth the wait!
This glamorous new production directed by Jerry Zaks pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. This revitalized production is absolutely fabulous and filled with bold, colorful, fun, entertaining, Broadway style musical numbers that make you smile and want to get up and dance. The entire show was a feast for the senses, with every musical number better than the one before it. My personal favorite was the razzle dazzle dance number with the waiters wielding trays with such flair and finesse, I wondered how they did it. So fun!
While the entire ensemble is top notch and the show is filled with Broadway caliber performances, Betty Buckley as Dolly Gallagher Levi steals the show! She is an incredibly seasoned performer with an amazing voice and great comedic timing; she beautifully embodies the effervescent spirit of Dolly and at 71 years old she’s still got it! It was such a treat to watch her work her magic on the stage.
If you are a musical theater lover like me and enjoy grand lively Broadway musicals, you don’t want to miss the limited engagement of Hello, Dolly! at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre through February 17, 2019.