Title - 'Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording)'
Artist - Bette Midler
For those not in the know, 'Hello, Dolly!' (2017) brings a new incarnation of Dolly Levi to the fore. That's right, the matchmaker and lady-about-town in New York City near the turn of the 20th century is now undertaken by the only woman that has never had the role that, well, should always have done. Bette Midler shines as Dolly in this new revival – directed by Jerry Zaks and just nominated for 10 Tony Awards.
Her co-star is David Hyde Pierce, who plays her potential love interest, Horace Vandergelder, and boy, is he the business too! I mean, David aside, there have been many Dolly's that have come and gone - Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, and, in the film, Barbra Streisand - but, wow, Bette is just the best thing in this role since sliced bread.
2. 'Call on Dolly'
3. 'I Put My Hand In'
4. 'It Takes a Woman'
5. 'Put on Your Sunday Clothes'
6. 'Ribbons Down My Back'
9. 'Before the Parade Passes By'
10. 'Penny in My Pocket'
12. 'The Waiters' Gallop'
13. 'Hello, Dolly!'
14. 'It Only Takes a Moment'
15. 'So Long Dearie'
This 'Hello, Dolly!' is the first new production of this classic musical (based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker) to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago. It pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
Indeed, Larry Hochman's orchestrations are spot on perfect with regard paying tribute to the traditional feel of the original. Interspersed within the fine vocal moments we get some banjo, a string-band jazz feel, and other such elements to ground us in the specific time and place.