ORIGINAL BROADWAY PROGRAM
HELLO, DOLLY! STARRING CAROL CHANNING ON BROADWAY IN 1964
THORNTON WILDER ON THE STAGE OF THE BOOTH THEATRE DURING THE BROADWAY RUN OF THE MATCHMAKER IN 1957
BROADWAY PLAYBILL, 1957
SEANA MCKENNA AS DOLLY LEVI AT THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IN 2012
Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in 19th Century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder’s clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.
The Matchmaker opened on Broadway on December 5, 1955 starring Ruth Gordon (Best Actress, Tony Award Nominee), directed by Tyrone Guthrie (Best Director, Tony Award Winner). The Matchmaker ran for 486 performances, Wilder’s Broadway record, and closed on February 2, 1957. It was later adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!.
Loud, slap dash and uproarious … extraordinarily original and funny.
– The New York Times
Rolls along merrily and madly and the customers are convulsed.
– New York Journal American
The lines of Wilder are so often brilliant, sage, and witty.
– New York Daily News
Tappan Wilder on The Matchmaker