Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (3/05/1978 - 7/09/1978)

First Preview: Mar 01, 1978
Opening Date: Mar 05, 1978
Closing Date: Jul 09, 1978
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 147

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: In and around Yonkers and New York City.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by James M. Nederlander and The Houston Grand Opera; Produced in conjunction with Charles Lowe Productions, Inc.; Associate Producer: Robert A. Buckley

Original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion

Book by Michael Stewart; Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Based on the original play by Thornton Wilder; Musical Director: John L. DeMain; Dance and incidental arrangements by Peter Howard

Directed by Lucia Victor; Choreographed by Jack Craig; Production Supervised by Jerry Herman

Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Freddy Wittop; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Wig Design by Paul Huntley

General Manager: Schlissel & Kingwill, Inc. and Robert Buckley; Company Manager: Morry Efron

Production Stage Manager: Pat Tolson; Stage Manager: T.L. Boston; Assistant Stage Mgr: Judith Binus

Conducted by Jack Everly; Associate Conductor: Patrick Holland

General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc.; Casting: T.N.I. Casting and Julie Hughes; Dance Captain: Ron Crofoot; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne

Opening Night Cast

Carol ChanningMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
Eddie BrackenHorace Vandergelder
Diane AbramsEnsemble
Richard AmmonEnsemble
John AnaniaRudolph
Carole BanningerHorse
Bill BatemanJudge
K. T. BaumannErmengarde
Michael C. BookerAmbrose Kemper
Kyle CittadinEnsemble
Ron CrofootEnsemble
Don Edward DetrickEnsemble
Richard DoddEnsemble
Rob DraperEnsemble
David EvansEnsemble
JoEla FloodEnsemble
Tom GarrettEnsemble
Charlie GoeddertzEnsemble
Coby GrossbartSwing Dancer
James HomanEnsemble
Marilyn HudginsMrs. Rose
Alexandra KoreyMinnie Fay
Florence LaceyIrene Molloy
Robert LydiardBarnaby Tucker
Alex MacKayEnsemble
Richard MaxonEnsemble
Deborah MoldowEnsemble
Randy MorganEnsemble
P. J. NelsonErnestina
Janyce NymanEnsemble
Jacqueline PayneEnsemble
Debra PigliaventoHorse
Theresa RakovEnsemble
Bubba RamboSwing Dancer
Lee Roy ReamsCornelius Hackl
Randolph RiscolCourt Clerk
Barbara Ann ThompsonEnsemble
Mark WaldropEnsemble

Understudies: John Anania (Horace Vandergelder), K. T. Baumann (Minnie Fay), Michael C. Booker (Cornelius Hackl), Kyle Cittadin (Barnaby Tucker), Rob Draper (Ambrose Kemper), Deborah Moldow (Irene Molloy), Randy Morgan (Rudolph), Jacqueline Payne (Ermengarde), Theresa Rakov (Ernestina) and Barbara Ann Thompson (Mrs. Rose)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1978 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Eddie Bracken

Theatre World

winner 1978 Award [recipient] 

Florence Lacey


music by Jerry Herman; lyrics by Jerry Herman

ACT 1 Sung By
I Put My Hand InMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi and Company
It Takes A WomanHorace Vandergelder and The Instant Glee Club
Put On Your Sunday ClothesCornelius Hackl, Barnaby Tucker, Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, Ambrose Kemper and Ermengarde
Put On Your Sunday Clothes (Reprise) Passengers
Ribbons Down My BackIrene Molloy
MotherhoodMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, Horace Vandergelder, Irene Molloy, Minnie Fay, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker
DancingMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, Cornelius Hackl, Barnaby Tucker, Minnie Fay, Irene Molloy and Dancers
Before the Parade Passes ByMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, Horace Vandergelder and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
EleganceIrene Molloy, Cornelius Hackl, Minnie Fay and Barnaby Tucker
The Waiter's GallopRudolph and Waiters
Hello, Dolly!Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, Rudolph, Waiters and Cooks
The Polka ContestAmbrose Kemper, Ermengarde, Irene Molloy, Cornelius Hackl, Minnie Fay, Barnaby Tucker and Contestants
It Only Takes a MomentCornelius Hackl, Irene Molloy, Prisoners and Policeman
So Long DearieMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
Hello, Dolly! (Reprise) Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi and Horace Vandergelder


New York Daily News: "'Dolly!': 'It's so nice...'"

With Carol Channing at the top of her form in what now amounts to an immaculate musical-comedy performance, and with an ideal supporting cast, "Hello, Dolly!" bids fair to devour Broadway, all over again. At Saturday's matinee at the Lunt-Fontanne, where it reopened officially last evening, the musical went like a house afire.

I must confess I was taken by surprise. It's been only a little more than seven years since this second longest-running musical in Broadway history ("Fiddler on the Roof" beat it out) closed. But it actually has been almost 13 years since Miss Channing, who took to the road after a year-and-a-half in New York, last strolled that runway and relinquished it to a parade of Dollies, among them the inimitable Pearl Bailey heading an all-black cast. And while the current production, arriving here from Denver, has been traipsing about the country since opening last June in Houston, it looks as fresh as the paint on the star's animated face.

Originally, so great was the impact of the title-number scene, with its dashing "Waiters' Gallop" introduction, that the rest of the show seemed merely to be leading up to and away from it. In a way that's still true. But now that we've grown so familiar with that unsurpassable high spot, beginning with Dolly's appearance at the head of the stairs, leading down into the posh Harmonia Gardens eatery, we can more fully appreciate the inspired quality throughout of Gower Champion's staging, recreated here by Lucia Victor (director) and Jack Craig (choreographer).

And hearing them once again, each of Jerry Herman's felicitous other songs - "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Dancing," "It Only Takes a Moment" - seems lovelier than the other. This is his most buoyant and charming score, with lighthearted lyrics to match. Michael Stewart's book (taken from Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," in turn derived from other sources) holds up remarkably well.

Miss Channing, looking like an entire box of Easter bonbons, what with her several costume changes, has refined her original portrayal to the point where every gesture, vocal inflection and movement seem to fall effortlessly into place. Her Dolly Gallagher Levi, the matchmaker who finally makes a kill of her own with her best client, the penurious Yonkers merchant Horace Vandergelder, is captivating.

Not forgetting the late and endearingly gruff David Burns, Miss Channing's first partner, it may be said that Eddie Bracken, full of bounce and comic authority, is a well-nigh perfect Horace.

The secondary principals are a delight. I tip my hat (this is a period piece, after all) first to a bewitching and vivacious young creature named Florence Lacey, who plays and sings the divorced milliner Irene Molloy with a rare mixture of sweetness and verve. And in Lee Roy Reams, who plays Cornelius Hackl, Horace's abused and ill-paid chief clerk who wins Mrs. Molloy, the show has a singing juvenile of more than ordinary appeal. Robert Lydiard as Barnaby, the assistant clerk; Alexandra Korey as Minnie, Mrs. Molly's assistant; and K. T. Baumann as whining Ermengarde who isn't the least bit offensive, are other assets in a large cast with which I could find no single fault.

Oliver Smith's original set designs, with their richly detailed architectural line-drawing backdrops and bright set pieces, are of inestimable value to the evening, as are Freddy Wittop's cascade of costumes, the whole artfully lighted by Martin Aronstein. The original orchestrations by Philip J. Lang, whose name is omitted from the program, remain graceful and spirited as conducted by Jack Everly.

Don't miss Carol Channing. You'll adore her, and what amounts to her show, as never before.

New York Daily News

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