I went to see Hello Dolly at the Fords Theatre in Washington DC the other night and absolutely loved it. You expect Carol Channing to take the stage or Barbara to sing in her NY accent, but instead of having a lead that you would expect, Broadway Veteran Nancy Opel took on the role of Dolly Levi and absolutely killed it! She was amazing! When you have a show where there are no special effects and just props and place it in a small theatre where the lights are basically always on and you can see the audience, you have to rely on acting and talent. That is exactly what Nancy Opel and the rest of the cast did.
Instead of worrying about having a giant flying gown or flying monkeys, they used their ability to act, sing and dance to take an audience of all ages and make everyone pay attention for the entire show. Some of the best characters were Barnabe or Zack Colonna who was perfect at playing a dumpy but cute dimwit and his facial expressions and presence were amazing. You have Nancy Opel who completely stole the role of Dolly Levi and gave it her own twists and made it unique. One thing she also did was take some of the songs and add in her own drops, notes and belting and it sounded perfect. It’s rare to get the sound working perfectly during an entire show, but somehow they did it and pulled it off so that everyone sounded amazing, no one’s voice took over and the entire cast interacted perfectly with each other vocally. One last mention was the taller dancer. You hit every step and did a great job, but you were showing off a bit to much and sort of took away from the other dancers. You were amazing, but you also ruined the routines by trying to hard and really overdoing it with your hands, arms and lines. You should try to fit in so people don’t keep looking over and so that you don’t ruin the routines which were actually extremely well done. Especially when they are at the restaurant in the end.
When I was a little kid I got to see Hello Dolly with Carol Channing in it. Although I didn’t get most of the show, Carol kept me entertained the entire time. Although Nancy did an amazing job as Dolly, I did notice the kids would get slightly bored, but she did eventually bring them back with the added comedy to the show. If you are thinking about going to see Hello Dolly at Fords Theatre and need tickets, don’t pay full price for them. I was able to find discounts at almost 50% off on tickets to Hello Dolly at the Ford’s Theatre by using one of my advertisers. I included a link in the top right section of this post. Just click on the banner and you’ll go to their site. Enter a new username, create a password and enter your zipcode and you’ll instantly have access to discounts on a ton of tickets including shows at the Kennedy Center, Spamalot at the National Theatre, Miss Saigon at Signature theatre and Discount tickets to Hello Dolly at the Fords Theatre. If you don’t live in DC, they have discount broadway tickets in almost every major city and some smaller cities to so check it out to see if they have your city listed.