Hello, Dolly! Columbus Tickets
Musical: Hello, Dolly!
Creators: Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Michael Stewart
Awards: 1964 Ð 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical to Carol Channing; 2017 Ð Four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical to Bette Midler; 2018 Ð Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
Hello, Dolly! Columbus TicketsCarol Channing created the role of Dorothy Gallagher Levi in the original production of the Hello, Dolly! tour on Broadway, and as she said of that role, "Once you originate a role, itÕs yours forever." Many other notable actresses followed Channing in that role. Mary Martin, who is as identified with the role of Peter Pan as Channing is with Dolly Levi, portrayed Dolly in the premier of the musical on LondonÕs West End. Pearl Bailey played Dolly in a 1968 all African-American version of the musical that starred Billy Daniels as Horace Vandergelder. Bailey received a Special Tony Award for her portrayal. In 1969, Barbara Streisand starred in the movie adaptation with Walter Matthau portraying Vandergelder. The 2017 revival opened with Bette Midler and David Hyde White in the lead roles, and Betty Buckley, known for her portrayal of Grizabella in Cats and especially for her rendition of the haunting "Memories," portrayed Dolly in the US national tour that began in 2018. Shop at StubHub to purchase your Hello, Dolly! tickets to enjoy Buckley as Dolly at ColumbusÕ beautiful, historic Ohio Theater.
The Hello, Dolly! That Almost WasnÕtThe history of Hello, Dolly! is full of name changes. The story of Dolly Levi and Horace Vandergelder began as a one-act farce entitled A Day Well Spent written in 1835 by John Oxenford. In 1938, Thornton Wilder created an Americanized version of the comedy, moving the setting to Yonkers, New York. Like the earlier versions, the story focused on Vandergelder and his search for a wife, so Wilder entitled his play The Merchant of Yonkers. This version flopped. In 1955, Wilder tried again, revising the play, expanding the role of Dolly Levi that was played by Ruth Gordon, and retitling the play The Matchmaker. The Matchmaker was a hit. Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart originally entitled their musical Dolly, a Damned Exasperating Woman and then Call on Dolly. Finally, David Merrick heard Louis ArmstrongÕs version of the song "Hello, Dolly!" that totally captures the spirit of DollyÕs character, and he wisely changed the name of the show to the name of the song, placing the focus of the story and the life of the musical right where it belongs.
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