Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording) New Broadway Cast of Hello, Dolly!
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- 2Call on Dolly00:39
- 3I Put My Hand In03:00
- 4It Takes a Woman02:38
- 5Put on Your Sunday Clothes05:10
- 6Ribbons Down My Back03:11
- 9Before the Parade Passes By04:34
- 10Penny in My Pocket02:51
- 12The Waiters' Gallop02:52
- 13Hello, Dolly!06:41
- 14It Only Takes a Moment03:13
- 15So Long Dearie02:43
Info for Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording)
Masterworks Broadway is proud to announce the release of the New Broadway Cast Recording of the most breathlessly anticipated theatrical event of the season, Hello, Dolly! starring the legendary Bette Midler. This Broadway revival of Michael Stewart (book) and Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics) masterpiece is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle and is the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago. The revival will pay tribute to the original work of the legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
Based on Thornton Wilder’s farce The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! caused an instant sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1964 starring Carol Channing in the title role. It went on to win a record-shattering ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. The original Broadway cast recording, which includes the well-known songs “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and the unforgettable title track, hit the top of the Billboard album chart and, years later, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Along with Ms. Midler, the cast features Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce, two-time Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow) and Jennifer Simard (Disaster!).
The creative/design team for Hello, Dolly! includes three-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (scenic and costume design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (sound design), Andy Einhorn (music direction), Tony Award winner Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and Tony Award winner Don Pippin (vocal arrangements).
The only surprising thing about Bette Midler coming to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! is that she hadn't already come to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! There have been many incarnations of Dolly Levi (including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, and, in the film, Barbra Streisand), but perhaps none more blindingly obvious than Midler. After all, she belts, she made her bones as precisely the kind of unapologetic ham that Dolly is written to be, and she seems like someone the staff of a restaurant might line up to welcome, just as they do in the show's famous title song. And when it comes, that title song might even be better to just listen to, without a visual to limit the personnel to what can be held in a theater. In your mind, the line of singing waiters can stretch into eternity.
Dolly Levi is a matchmaker and lady-about-town in New York City near the turn of the 20th century, and the cast album of the new revival – directed by Jerry Zaks and just nominated for 10 Tony Awards – embraces every pleasantly old-fashioned note of her adventures. Her co-star is David Hyde Pierce, who plays her potential love interest, Horace Vandergelder. Midler wraps her scrumptious, suede voice around "Before The Parade Passes By" and all the rest of Dolly's strutting romps, and the other performers, including Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin (who, like Midler and Pierce, are among the recipients of the show's 10 Tony nominations), rise to the occasion to play lovers who are destined to be a bit trampled by the sheer force of Dolly's presence.
A good revival will also often give you a little something that even someone familiar with the original might not have heard, and that's the case here, too: you'll hear Pierce sing "Penny In My Pocket," a solo that was cut from the original Broadway production and is restored here. Those accustomed to hearing Pierce as Niles Crane on television might be surprised to hear him pronounce "bursting" as "boisting," but such is actor versatility, and such is the New York musical.
Larry Hochman's orchestrations are traditional but also playful; the banjo keeps intact the string-band jazz feel that locates the action quite specifically as to time and place. As welcome as fresh voices are on Broadway, and as necessary as evolution is, there's something to be said for a cast album that sounds like it could have been recorded at any time in the last 50 years, especially when this particular "indelible dame" show collides at last with one of our great indelible dames.
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