Well, well Hello, Dolly!: A complete guide to Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre
Guide to Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre
What happens in Hello, Dolly!?
Set in 1890s America, audiences meet Dolly Levi, a famous matchmaker whose helped countless singletons find love. For her latest job, she travels to New York in the hopes of finding ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder a wife, a wealthy, authoritative suitor who is reluctant to change. As Dolly Levi begins helping Horace, she reflects on her own love life, wondering if she’s the perfect match for her client. Will Dolly be able to make a match for herself?
Is Hello, Dolly! based on a true story?
While Hello, Dolly! is a fictional story, the musical’s inspiration was taken from two 20th century plays by Thornton Wilder; The Merchant of Yonkers and The Matchmaker.
The Merchant of Yonkers was performed at the Guild Theatre from December 1938 to January 1939, following the then minor character Dolly Gallagher Levi as she’s able to help couples find happiness and stay together in 19th century New York. Although The Merchant of Yonkers had limited success, the play was reworked and rewritten, staged in a new production in 1954 called The Matchmaker. Receiving its world premiere in Edinburgh, Dolly became the central character in this comedic play, which went on to entertain audiences in the West End and on Broadway.
Has Hello, Dolly! been in the West End before?
After the 1964 Broadway production took audiences by storm, the all-American love story made its West End premiere on 2nd December 1965 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Although the musical had commercial success, running for nearly 800 performances, Hello, Dolly! hasn’t been seen in the West End since the 1960s. Audiences can look forward to this classic musical on a London stage once more, so book your Hello, Dolly! tickets now.
Where can I listen to the Hello, Dolly! soundtrack?
Here’s the cast recording for the 2017 Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, which took home four Tony Awards including best revival of a musical, starring Bette Midler, Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin. However, people have been able to listen to the Hello, Dolly! soundtrack for over 50 years, as there was a cast recording of the original 1964 production, which stayed at number one on the Billboard charts for seven weeks.
The Hello, Dolly! soundtrack features an original score by Jerry Herman, with songs including ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’, ‘Elegance’, ‘Ribbons Down My Back’, ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, ‘It Only Takes a Moment’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’