Bernadette Peters Opens in HELLO, DOLLY!

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Last night, Bernadette Peters officially opened in the title role of HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway, and the critics are raving! Here’s what they had to say:

“She delivers a performance of glistening wit and sustained warmth… utterly flawless.” – Charles Isherwood, Broadway News

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“Like Midler before her, Peters is larger than life but game for a laugh… She is glamorous and brassy and quintessentially New York; she descends a staircase like she invented stairs.” – Kelly Connelly, Entertainment Tonight

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“The veteran, two-time Tony Award-winning performer has brought a poignancy to the production that wasn’t quite in evidence with her predecessor… infusing her Dolly Gallagher Levi with a pathos that, while making the character less a force of nature, makes her far more relatable.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

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“Well, hello, Bernadette Peters! Peters electrifies the Shubert Theatre stage with her warm, finely nuanced take on matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi.” – Barbara Schuler, Newsday

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“Bernadette Peters leads a joyful parade… The two-time Tony winner brings high spirits, warmth and a voice that will make you laugh and cry with joy. Peters also announces herself as a master of the droll triple take. Her playful peepers and comic timing make a moment in a milliner’s shop all the merrier.” – Joel Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

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“A dimply new star has joined the cast of HELLO, DOLLY! and she’s delightful. And something more, too. ‘The surest way to keep us out of harm is to give us the four or five human pleasures that are our right in the world,’ goes the best of [Dolly’s] asides, and as spoken passionately by Ms. Peters, herself one of those four or five human pleasures, it has never sounded so true.” – Jesse Green, The New York Times

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At the top is exactly where Peters belongs… Peters’ performance propels the character in a more adorable, embraceable direction. With Peters, Dolly’s melodically wistful musings about not wanting the parade to pass her by… are more heartfelt. And her conversations with her late husband seem to emanate from a more poignant place; she really does seem to be pouring out her soul to him, and to us.” – Peter Marks, The Washington Post

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“The Broadway veteran is, as the Act 2 song goes, back where she belongs and bringing a distinctly Broadway energy to this warhorse of a show. Peters & Co. are providing a good lesson in the fine art of roasting – and serving up – a chestnut.” – Tom Geier, The Wrap

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“Bernadette Peters’ return to Broadway puts the ‘doll’ back in HELLO, DOLLY! Tiny, trim, and in terrific voice, the Tony Award-winning diva tops off previous triumphs… with yet another beautifully sung (and sensitively felt) star performance… They just don’t make ’em like this anymore, and we all know it, so standing ovations are very much in order.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Congratulations to Bernadette Peters and the entire company of HELLO, DOLLY!