Stellar Betty Buckley takes center stage in superb ‘Hello, Dolly!’ revival

“Hello, Dolly!” — ★ ★ ★ ½

When a star vehicle like “Hello, Dolly!” motors into town with a bona fide Broadway diva like Betty Buckley behind the wheel, you pull over and pay attention.

Director Jerry Zaks’ Tony Award-winning 2017 Broadway revival at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre is such a vehicle. Sumptuous and invigorating with ebullient choreography by Warren Carlyle and gorgeous rainbow-colored costumes and a postcard-perfect period set by Santo Loquasto, it’s an ideal expression of the feel-good musical by composer/lyricist Jerry Herman and writer Michael Stewart. Read MORE