Imelda Staunton, Jenna Russell
Hello Dolly – With the brilliant Imelda Staunton
Everyone loves Hello, Dolly! Now it's back in London, one of the most exciting announcements we've heard for ages. We all know and respect the supremely talented four-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton. She plays Dolly. We also love the Olivier winner and Tony nominee Jenna Russell, who co -stars as Irene Molloy in this latest production of the 1964 classic show. It's a Dominic Cooke production of Hello, Dolly! and it's on at the Adelphi theatre in late summer 2020. As you can imagine, everyone's waiting with bated breath for the tickets to be released, us included!
The brilliant choreographer Bill Deamer, the talented scenic and costume designer Rae Smith, and the respected music supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck are all on board, and the signs are looking excellent for a show to remember. The production comes from Michael Harrison Entertainment and David Ian Productions, and the fun kicks off once the dazzling Waitress finishes its current run at the Adelphi.
The lyrics and music come from Jerry Herman. The story is based on the original farce by the US writer Thornton Wilder. Written in 1938 and called The Merchant of Yonkers, it was revised by Wilder and renamed The Matchmaker during 1955. It debuted in Detroit during 1963 and soon transferred to Broadway. In 1964 it won an astonishing ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was a record breaker as far as ticket sales go and the record lasted for 37 years.
Imelda Staunton has entertained us in all sorts of ways, most notably as the Olivier-winning Best Actress in a Musical for her role as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. She scored high as the awful murderer Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, an awe-inspiringly grisly role, and delighted us with her portrayal of Madame Rose in Gypsy. But that's just the tip of a remarkable iceberg including numerous TV hits.
What's the plot? The musical follows the life of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a professional matchmaker with a strong will. She's travelling to Yonkers, a district of New York, to track down a love match for a mean and miserly rich man, a so-called 'well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire' called Horace Vandergelder.
The album of the show was given a place in America's Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and the show lives on as one of the world's most enduring and best-loved musical theatre hits, enjoying four Broadway revivals over the years and on stage in countless countries around the world. The 1969 movie also won three Academy Awards as well as being nominated for awards in four more categories.
Now Hello, Dolly! is back in the capital and we're anticipating a dramatic run on tickets once they're released. If you're new to the show and want to see what, exactly, it is that makes this story so very special, so unforgettable, so more-ish, we'll see you there.
Who is this show for? Hello Dolly is good, clean fun and plenty of experts have no problem recommending it for people aged eight or more.
by Phil Willmott | Monday, November 25 2019, 09:05
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