Hello, Dolly!

Musical

Writers: Michael Stewart Jerry Herman

Overview

Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
Tony Award®
Best Musical 1964
First Produced
1964
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
yonkers and new york city, the end of the 19th century
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Professional Theatre, Religious Groups
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and with heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler --but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Hello, Dolly! features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and - of course - the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” Dolly herself is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for the musical theatre, and famous Dolly Levis have included Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Mary Martin, Barbra Streisand, and most recently, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters.

Lead Characters