Hello Dolly The Musical At Dr. Phillips Center
Last night I attended the opening night of Hello Dolly at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. The iconic Broadway show did not disappoint starting with the entry into the theater and the heavy red velvet curtain of the stage. I immediately knew that this production was going to be true to the original production, set at the turn of 19th century New York.
The music was rich with a full traditional Broadway orchestra accompanying the outstanding performer’s voices. Betty Buckley was mesmerizing while reprising the original role played by Carol Channing. Lewis J. Stadlen, Nic Rousseau, and Annalisa Leaming were equally entertaining. Jess LeProtto as Barnaby dazzled with his dance and his quick wit and was well matched with Kristen Hahn as Minnie Fay. The cast of dancers and singers supported the show well.
The sets of each scene were elaborate and well done from the Hay and Feed Store to the Hat Shop and Harmonia Gardens. The grand staircase at Harmonia Gardens was great and I enjoyed seeing the waiters slide down the bannister. The backdrops literally took you back to the streets of New York at the turn of the century and added depth to the overall dimension of the show.
The icing on top was the costuming. The women’s dresses and the men’s attire were true to the period and I loved the extra props the ladies had under their dresses. What a way to add to the show!
Hello Dolly is a fun throwback classic for all ages! Purchase your tickets now by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center box office.
*Thank you to Dr. Phillips Center for the tickets so I could provide my review which was written by Annette Allport.