review of 'Hello Dolly' from 2010-2011 season

Make no mistake about it: Nan Gurley and the role of the irascible, confounding Dolly Gallagher Levi were made for each other. Perhaps that's not what Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart had in mind when they created the legendary musical comedy, Hello, Dolly! (after all, they wrote the role - based on a character created originally by Thornton Wilder in his play The Matchmaker - for Ethel Merman, who turned it down, and eventually the title role became synonymous with the inimitable Carol Channing), but it's clear after seeing the Studio Tenn staging of the big, brassy Broadway musical at Belmont's Troutt Theatre that Nan and Dolly are a match made in heaven.


Logan Treadaway