note: entire contents copyright 2009 by Beverly Creasey
Broadway sensation Rachel York is decidedly not your father’s Dolly Levi. If you’re expecting “the old gal” who comes back to “where she belongs” center stage, that’s not this Dolly. York is front and center from the get go. The Reagle Players’ HELLO, DOLLY (playing through June 28th) stars York as a sassy, brassy wheeler dealer who always gets what she wants… and she can get anyone else to want what she wants, too. And why not! She’s young, sexy and determined not to be a widow for long. And she understands economics!
First she arranges a match for a wealthy old gent (Jamie Ross), then she sabotages his date, planning to snag the “half-millionaire” for herself. This Dolly is a schemer who plays all the angles. She’s so skilled a manipulator that she even cons her late, dead husband into helping her from beyond the grave. She’s a juggernaut in director Worth Howe’s cheeky, youthful take on the Jerry Herman musical.
Sarah Pfisterer makes lovely music as the hat shop proprietress who falls for a handsome feed clerk (Rick Hilsabeck) from Yonkers. The rest of the ensemble whirl about gaily in Susan Chebookjian’s charming choreography (recreated from Gower Champion’s original notations).The waiters’ hi-jinks (including leaps over the orchestra pit) make the frenetic Harmonia Gardens romp one of the show’s highlights.
Reagle is saluting Herman this summer by presenting three of his most successful musicals. MAME will run July 16 to 25 and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES will run August 13-22. These and HELLO, DOLLY make Herman the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals which ran more than 1500 consecutive performances on Broadway. This last year Herman was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.