Hello, Dolly! Reviews
Jack Carr from Cleveland, Ohio
HELLO, DOLLY! WITH MISS BETTY BUCKLEY
Over the moon and into a galaxy far, far away. Light all the candles and pull out the biggest red carpet. This is a major star-affirming production with dancing and acrobatics and color like you've never seen. This wonderful show might well eclipse even the fabled original. Run, do not walk, and buy the best ticket you can. This is the one you will be telling your grandchildren about.
Nicole from Costa Mesa, California
Hello Dolly is one of my favorite musicals and I was so looking forward to this performance because of the legend of Betty Buckley but I left feeling disappointed. While I appreciate her Broadway history, I didn't feel that Betty Buckley brought justice to the Dolly Levi character. Quick songs were a beat slower, and I felt everyone was dancing around her vs. her being a part of it. The comedy aspects were delayed or flat in delivery. Costumes were beautiful and colorful. Sets were wonderful - loved the train! Supporting cast and dancers were fabulous!!
Betty from Los Angeles, California
PUT ON YOUR SUNDAY CLOTHES AND GET TO THE PANTAGES
Fantastic show and Betty Buckley made Dolly her own, not a parody of Bette Midler or any of the amazing divas who have taken on this role. Her comic timing was perfect, so don't know what other reviewers were comparing it to. Colorful costumes, sets and solid supporting cast. We laughed, cried and laughed again -- one of my party had hesitated going because she couldn't see Buckley pulling off this role. She thanked me for insisting and said she was flat out "wrong." It's a short run so don't delay. And, yes, I'm still humming the tunes today!
John Buckley III from San Francisco, California
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN WITH HELLO DOLLY
We live in very strange times here in the US. Seeing this performance is like a bolt of Sunshine and the music and songs reminds us that there are many Wonderful Things in Life! Buckley is delightful in the role-not playing a cliche version of former dowager empresses gone by. This is a distinctive performance. The supporting cast are very talented. The costumes and scenery are simply delicious. A treat from beginning to end. The only draw back was someone behind us with a I stop croup cough. If you have the flu be kind enough to stay home. It’s ruse and nobody else wants to be sick!
29 year member from San Francisco, California
GREAT PRODUCTION, WEAK LEAD
I was so looking forward to seeing Betty Buckley in the lead. But she just wasn't strong enough to carry such a big part. The production, choreography, costumes, and the dancing talent were terrific. Overall, it equated out to just an OK show.
Liz Johnson from Las Vegas, Nevada
BETTY BUCKLEY AS DOLLY LEVI A BIT OF A DISAPPOINTMENT
First, I don’t profess to be a professional theater critic, just a lover of the arts and season ticket holder of Las Vegas Smith Center since the first day it opened! About Hello Dolly: my opinion only, but the production needed a stronger lead as Dolly Levi. Betty Buckley has an impressive resume, but her portrayal in this show left us a bit dissapointed. Her vocals were a bit ‘off’ and weak, and her attempts at the dance numbers, the same. We would have loved to see someone else as Dolly. The production itself was spectacular from the dancers, singers to stage design. Just perfection! Only complaint.... Betty Buckley.
from Denver, Colorado
A HARD LEAD TO FOLLOW
Being a fan of the Hello Dolly staring Barbara Streisand as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Walter Matthau as Horace Vandergelder, and the unforgettable vocal performance Louis Armstrong, this was a disappointing rendition of the Hollywood classic. For this film to be recreated and choreographed on the big stage, it has to have just the right cast to pull it off, and there’s where it lacked. However I enjoyed the costumes and the sets very much.
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