Jay Allen Sanford 10 a.m., April 19
So nice to have you back where you belong. Starlight Musical Theatre concludes its 64th season with the 10-Tony Award-winner (1964). Dolly Levi's an irrepressible matchmaker ("some people paint, some sew, I meddle") who, before the parade passes by, will include herself this time. Wearing autumnal hues - especially shimmering reddish-golds - and putting her own stamp on the songs Carol Channing made famous, Melinda Gilb is a delightful Dolly, slowly reopening her heart to the prospect of love. Douglas Bilitch does a find turn as gruff Horace Vandergelder, "the well known half-millionaire" on whom Dolly has her eye. As Cornelius Hackl, the 33-year-old clerk, Ryan Fahey combines obvious talent with a touching, turn-of the (19th) century innocence (were people ever that naive?). Marisia Kretowicz's costumes (candystripe jackets and straw hats for the men, parasols and ribbons worn daringly down the young girls' backs) capture the period. Justin Gray's orchestra's in fine fettle, as is Dan Mojica's often kaleidoscopic choreography.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Saturday, August 28, 2010
- Sundays, 8pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm