Hello, Dolly!

Critics

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Reviews: 2

Audience

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Reviews: 1

Jerry Herman's energetic Hello, Dolly! is classic. American musical theater at its finest. Since its debut in 1964, the show has entertained audiences worldwide and garnered 15 Tony Awards and 3 Academy Awards, including the recent award-winning revival starring Betty Midler. Hello, Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish and features each memorable songs as Before the Parade Passes By, It Only Takes a Moment, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, and the infamous title number, Hello, Dolly!

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This is one of my favorite classics. And I'm a Barbara Streisand fan. So the bar is already set high. But this production of Hello Dolly! made me a fan for life of The Gem Theatre. The talented performers, the lighting, the beautiful costumes, and amazing musicians are professional. The acting, singing and dancing is the best ever. And it's so affordable, free parking and close to home. Dolly played by Adriana Sanchez brings a perky, outrageousness that is so cute and funny. Every actor in the show from the leads to the supporting roles are so talented. I just loved the show. Can't wait to see more amazing musicals here.

sweet - Sandra


Leo Buck

Calling on the talents of twenty-nine supremely adept performers, their collective enterprise and abilities all aid immeasurably in making this “Hello, Dolly!” a genuinely blithe, boisterous, and buoyant bit of convivial craziness from the basic, precursory notes of the overture to the final bows. (They also remind us exactly why audiences have loved this show for the last 60 years!)

sweet - Leo Buck - Buck-ing Trends - ...read full review


Thomas deMartino

There is much to both marvel at, and revel in, with this production: the ornate, lavish and detailed costuming is a virtual feast for the eyes, and the dance numbers are a spectacle of color, energy and poise (“The Waiters' Gallop” in Act II is a particular show-stopper, with Jon Michell stealing scenes as the manic-yet-charming head waiter Rudolph.) But the sonorous music brought to life by the skills of the performers (including the unseen, indispensable live orchestra) is the true wonder. Baldwin's stunning vocal skills shine in the tune, “Ribbons Down My Back”; Klega and company charm with the not-quite PC ditty, “It Takes A Woman” (a distinct throwback to a time before women's suffrage); and Curtis-Switzer is marvelous and melodious as Cornelius, with a beautiful rendition of “It Only Takes A Moment” with Baldwin, as well as in “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” with Wayne, Crisafulli, Gomez, and the remarkable ensemble. Without question, though, the scintillating star of the show is Adriana Sanchez, portraying the titular Dolly. Patrons may recognize her from other productions at the Gem, such as last year's “Follies”, and the quite popular annual “Holiday Gem” (portraying the bombastic Mrs. Claus): but it is doubtless that she brings all her talents to bear in “Dolly.” Not only does she breathe life into classics such as “I Put My Hand In” and “Hello, Dolly”, but her love for the character and passion for the role of a determined woman finding her path through helping others – sometimes whether they like it or not — makes Dolly a lovable, charming and endearing persona… someone, perhaps, even to aspire to.

sweet - Thom deMartino - The Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

Calling on the talents of twenty-nine supremely adept performers, their collective enterprise and abilities all aid immeasurably in making this “Hello, Dolly!” a genuinely blithe, boisterous, and buoyant bit of convivial craziness from the basic, precursory notes of the overture to the final bows. (They also remind us exactly why audiences have loved this show for the last 60 years!)

sweet - Leo Buck - Buck-ing Trends - ...read full review


Thomas deMartino

There is much to both marvel at, and revel in, with this production: the ornate, lavish and detailed costuming is a virtual feast for the eyes, and the dance numbers are a spectacle of color, energy and poise (“The Waiters' Gallop” in Act II is a particular show-stopper, with Jon Michell stealing scenes as the manic-yet-charming head waiter Rudolph.) But the sonorous music brought to life by the skills of the performers (including the unseen, indispensable live orchestra) is the true wonder. Baldwin's stunning vocal skills shine in the tune, “Ribbons Down My Back”; Klega and company charm with the not-quite PC ditty, “It Takes A Woman” (a distinct throwback to a time before women's suffrage); and Curtis-Switzer is marvelous and melodious as Cornelius, with a beautiful rendition of “It Only Takes A Moment” with Baldwin, as well as in “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” with Wayne, Crisafulli, Gomez, and the remarkable ensemble. Without question, though, the scintillating star of the show is Adriana Sanchez, portraying the titular Dolly. Patrons may recognize her from other productions at the Gem, such as last year's “Follies”, and the quite popular annual “Holiday Gem” (portraying the bombastic Mrs. Claus): but it is doubtless that she brings all her talents to bear in “Dolly.” Not only does she breathe life into classics such as “I Put My Hand In” and “Hello, Dolly”, but her love for the character and passion for the role of a determined woman finding her path through helping others – sometimes whether they like it or not — makes Dolly a lovable, charming and endearing persona… someone, perhaps, even to aspire to.

sweet - Thom deMartino - The Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


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This is one of my favorite classics. And I'm a Barbara Streisand fan. So the bar is already set high. But this production of Hello Dolly! made me a fan for life of The Gem Theatre. The talented performers, the lighting, the beautiful costumes, and amazing musicians are professional. The acting, singing and dancing is the best ever. And it's so affordable, free parking and close to home. Dolly played by Adriana Sanchez brings a perky, outrageousness that is so cute and funny. Every actor in the show from the leads to the supporting roles are so talented. I just loved the show. Can't wait to see more amazing musicals here.

sweet - Sandra