Sunday, July 2, 2017
This classic made famous by the indomitable Carol Channing roars back to life on Broadway this spring to pure delight. Sure, the show is old fashioned, but isn't this just what the doctor ordered these days? The characters are silly, the songs are lush, and the dancing is delicious. Dolly plods on thru to get her man and makes a few matches along the way from Yonkers to New York City.
I opted to see Ms. Murphy on purpose and she didn't let me down with her spunk, pluck, elegance, and raw talent for playing a character. Wow, Wow, Wow is an understatement when it comes to this show and this production does not disappoint - the lighting, the sets, the olios (canvases with murals painted on them), the costumes and color along with the music all contribute to the non-stop feeling of exuberance and joy this show brings to the audience. When we get to the title number in Act II the audience has already contemplated an ovation twice before and at this point it is virtually un-stoppable.
Dolly, whether Ms. Murphy or Ms. Midler, is indeed back where she belongs. Wow, Wow, Wow!