Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at The Kennedy Center
A matchmaker, dance instructor, legal counsel, and mandolin teacher (among other occupations), Dolly Gallagher Levi is a woman of countless talents and side-hustles in bustling, turn-of-the-century New York City. Undaunted by any challenge, Dolly sets out one last time to find a wife for a grumpy widower in Yonkers in the 1964 musical Hello, Dolly! with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart. Arriving with as much pomp and celebration as Dolly herself returning to the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, this U.S. Touring production of Hello, Dolly! (based on the 4-time Tony Award-winning 2017 Broadway revival) playing the Kennedy Center is a delightful and hyper-styled reimagination of a musical theater standard.