Thorton Wilder’s play THE MATCHMAKER is the foundation for the musical HELLO DOLLY! Mr. Wilder’s work is wonderful and the musical adapted from it was a big hit right from its premiere in the 1960’s. The current re-incarnation features the very talented Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber. I’ve seen each of them previously on Broadway and it was wonderful to see them back where they belong.
Such a historic piece, resurrected in a scenery and costume spectacular that is a wonder to behold, is a necessary part of the mix on Broadway. And I am happy that many young people we saw and met in the audience get a chance to see this work in all its glory and such a professional production. But as I watched it I was uncomfortable with the stereotypical attitude toward those scheming and undependable people of the female gender. I had forgotten about the chauvinism so casually displayed in the songs and characters.
So, good to see a great production and watch the enthusiastic audience applaud every movement of the stars, but more than a bit uncomfortable at the content of this musical. Glad to see it, not sure I will again.
TOMORROW: A national day with a hole!