Hello, Dolly!

 

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CREDITS
 

Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the Play "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc.

QUICK REVIEW
 

"And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?" asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. "Some people paint, some sew...I meddle," replies Dolly. HELLO, DOLLY! is full of memorable songs including Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, Hello, Dolly!, It Only Takes a Moment and So Long, Dearie. And we are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker!

AWARDS (1963-64)
 

10 Tony Awards for Musical, Actress, Author, Producer, Director, Composer and Lyricist, Conductor and Musical Director,Scenic Designer, Costume Designer and Choreographer

The New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Musical

AWARDS (1967-68)
 

2 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Actor and Actress

AWARDS (1969-70)
 

The Drama Desk Award for Actress

BRIEF HISTORY
 

HELLO, DOLLY! played for 2844 performances on Broadway at the St. James Theatre with Carol Channing in the title role. At the time it was the longest playing Broadway musical. The London production played for 794 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. The show has been revived several times on Broadway, most recently in 1995 for 116 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, again with Carol Channing as Dolly Levi.

SYNOPSIS
 

     HELLO, DOLLY! is the story of Mrs. Dolly Levi's efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rainwater the way her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelder's head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius' assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Mrs. Molloy's assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kemper, with Mr. Vandergelder's weeping niece, Ermengarde.
     Mrs. Levi tracks Vandergelder to his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train back to Mrs. Molloy's hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city where they are all caught up in the great Fourteenth Street Association Parade, and finally to the most elegant and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens. There, Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, Hello, Dolly!
     What happens in the end? Dolly gets her man, of course. Even makes him glad she caught him. Dolly leaves the stage at the end of Act II with a wink to the audience as she takes a peep into Vandergelder's bulging cash register, and promises that his fortune will soon be put to good use. She quotes her late husband as she says, "Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow."
     HELLO, DOLLY! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage...Dolly Gallagher Levi!
     Classic musical numbers include Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes A Moment and So Long, Dearie.

AVAILABLE ORCHESTRATION
 

Full Orchestration (Strings Optional):
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass & optional Tuba
   
1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
   
1 Trumpets I and II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
   
2 Percussion I and II:
  • Timpani (2 Drums)
  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Cymbals, Suspended & Hand
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Bell Plate
  • Wood Block
  • Cow Bell
  • Slide Whistle
  • Ratchet
   
1 Guitar & Banjo
1 Piano & Celeste
   
  Piano-Conductor's Score sent with rehearsal material.
   
  Orchestra parts are cued so the score may be played with the following minimum number of parts: 3 Reeds, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, 1 Percussion, Bass and Piano. Add parts in the following order to build the full orchestra: Reed IV, Trombone II, Trumpet III, Cello, Violins, Viola, Percussion II and Guitar-Banjo.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
 

Stage Manager's Guide

Medium-Voice Transpositions for the role of Dolly Levy

As sung on the original cast album by Carol Channing, the keys for Dolly Levi’s nine numbers are too low for many singers. The Medidum-Voice Transpositions provide a comfortable range for most soprano “belters.”

The computer-engraved transposition books contain complete musical numbers and playoffs, if necessary, to make rehearsals and performances as smooth as possible. The Medium-Voice Transpositions are specially made to accommodate Dolly’s role, so all the other musical numbers remain in their original keys. The transpositions are carefully crafted to minimize range adjustments necessary for the other singers in ensemble numbers. Performing HELLO, DOLLY! with the Medium-Voice Transpositions requires both a complete set of the original performance materials and the transposition materials.

The set of materials includes:

  • Piano-Conductor’s Score for the transposed numbers.
  • Chorus-Vocal Books with transpositions for each of the principals and the chorus.
  • Orchestra parts with transpositions for each orchestra player.

 

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