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'Hello, Dolly!' gets lean and lively revival at Ford's Theatre
'Hello, Dolly!' gets lean and lively revival at Ford's Theatre

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, widowed too soon and left to her own devices in 1890s New York, turns meddling into a sly, lucrative art. She “arranges things, like furniture and daffodils and lives,” all the while looking out discreetly for No. 1. And when she decides on a plot to snare as her next husband the well-known “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder in Yonkers, she generates plenty of frantic activity — and one of the best of the grand, old-fashioned musicals. Since its premiere in 1964, “Hello, Dolly!” has maintained a prominent place in the Broadway canon, thanks to terrific source material (Thornton Wilder’s 1955 play...

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