Revamped ‘Hello, Dolly!’ offers color and pizazz Tony winner Betty Buckley charms in the title role as a strong ensemble delivers in song and dance.

Betty Buckley plays the title role in Hello, Dolly! at the Straz Center, running Dec. 4-9. [Photo by Julieta Cervantes]
TAMPA — A steaming locomotive pulls onto the stage of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, into a depot full of townspeople in pastel topcoats and long dresses with bustles. Throughout Hello, Dolly!, they’ll put on their Sunday clothes about 12 different times as couples pair off and dancing waiters slide down banisters. Jerry Zaks’ revival of the hit musical, which captivated Broadway audiences in 2017, had nearly sold out out Tuesday’s opening night. It’s a fun show, an amplified version of New York nostalgia that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a feel-good musical. Read MORE