Local Betty Buckley Triumphs in “Hello, Dolly!”

“I couldn’t stop smiling.”

That statement right there came from the woman sitting behind me last night at the opening of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Musical Hall at Fair Park. I couldn’t have agreed with her more.

There is so much to like about this hit musical – it’s no wonder NPR called it “the best show of the year” and it was the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.

“Hello, Dolly!” is about Dolly Gallagher Levi, a middle-aged New York busybody who has her sights set on marrying a half millionaire in Yonkers – only it’s not that easy. She was hired to find a young wife for the half millionaire.

See Dolly is also a marriage broker in 1880s New York City who also runs side hustles including music lessons, long-distance hauling, varicose-vein reduction, and surgical corset-reboning, which she advertises with business cards pulled from a carpet bag.

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