Paris – Broadway déménage
“Hello, Dolly!” (with Bette Midler)

“Gettin’ the Band Back Together”

Belasco Theatre, New York • 2018-08-11 • 14:00

Wikipedia • IBDB

Formatted to death; ticking up boxes to appeal to GenX audiences:

  • corny sitcom New Jersey humour, although some jokes do land,
  • entrances & exits through the auditorium,
  • generic rock score, loud amplification and the now obligatory rap song,
  • audience participation & occasional breaking of the fourth wall,
  • cartoonish aesthetics.

Many instances of deja vu:

  • the audition scene (The Producers, The Full Monty),
  • the moment of doubt before the final scene (The Full Monty again),
  • the Les Misérables reference (Crazy For You & too many others to name),
  • the updated “Dance at the Gym“ (Something Rotten!).

Very good performances, even though Marilu Henner seemed to be a little bit unsure of her lines.

Embarrassing curtain intro by Ken Davenport, which started the show on a Club Med kind of note.

Claims to be a rare instance of an original musical but ends up feeling like an ultra derivative product that never takes the risk of trying something different. Give me a good revival of a classic any day.

Best moment of the performance was hearing “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on the theatre’s sound system during intermission.


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