Saturday, February 6, 2016
reviews - HELLO, DOLLY! - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company
Click here for more information on this production that runs through February 6th.
"The 'Hello Dolly!' local creative team last night opened a big name, classic musical that was nothing short of inspired. Scottsdale Musical Theater made Dolly work in the 21st Century ...Technical Director Tylar Talkington procured a stunning wardrobe ensemble, along with breathtaking Central Park and Yonkers backdrops that flew in and out, and also designed some very effective soft versus brash lighting. In addition, Chris Moeller's live pit provided the necessary big, swelling orchestrations. Nothing rang so crystalline and true as the solo xylophone tones early in the first act.... without an indelible Dolly, the jig is up. Enter Brandi Bigley. ...a finely voiced actress..In Bigley's portrayal, we never lost sight that this musical is centered on a tale of rekindling one's spirit. Bigley is seasoned and commanded attention from the moment she entered...full of extravagant fun and hoopla, but the moments we were drawn to, the ones that stuck on the drive home, were her soulful conversations with deceased husband Ephram and her good-hearted intentions.
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"Who doesn't love Dolly Levi? Why wouldn't anybody after Brandi Bigley's energetic portrayal of the overzealous matchmaker in Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's production of HELLO DOLLY!...... The challenge... for any actress is to inform the role with a distinctive but credible interpretation. Bigley does so in a big way!...with a powerful voice to match. It works, and it works well....Bigley scores another demonstration of her prowess and versatility as she embraces Dolly's relentless efforts to match (supposedly!) Horace Vandergelder (Alex Gonzalez), the brusque Hay and Feed Merchant half-a-millionaire....To add fuel to the merriment, Horace's countrified employees, Cornelius (Matt Newhard, once again showing off his comedic chops) and Barnaby (Michael Schauble) abandon the store for an NYC toot and uproariously unintended consequences. ..Credit director David Hock with another crowd-pleaser to add to his portfolio." -Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)