Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ a dream production, sparkling and funny

Before the parade passes by, you really owe it to yourself to see the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Peace Center.

This dream production, sparkling and funny, stars Betty Buckley along with a dynamite supporting cast.

Buckley, at 71, has enjoyed an active 50-year career in TV and film, but it’s so nice to have this Tony-Award winner back where she belongs: centerstage, as the meddlesome maven of matchmaking Dolly Levi.

You probably recall the story of the 1964 show: Dolly is a middle-aged marriage broker in 1890s New York City who also delves into side gigs such as music lessons and varicose-vein reduction.

When Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy grain merchant in Yonkers, hires Dolly to find him a wife, she chooses herself. Horace, however, is not interested, so Dolly creates a scheme to trick him into proposing.

At the heart of the story is a simple but powerful message of relishing life and love. It’s an antidote for an age of disharmony.

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