Theater: Little Old New York

Hello, Dolly!, a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, has eye appeal, ear appeal, love appeal and laugh appeal, but its most insinuative charm is its nostalgic appeal. When Dolly Levi (Carol Channing), widow and matchmaker, fondles a cash register after announcing that she plans to marry its owner, she carries the mind back to a time when women needed and cherished men for their money, and in a day when wives sometimes earn as much or more than their husbands, that image is strangely endearing. The curmudgeonly businessman who loathed culture,...

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