HELLO Dolly – goodbye Elsie Kelly … after 46 of years of dedication the director leaves the stage with a fitting, typically high standard production.
It’s just what we have come to expect from BOST.
The company is renowned for having the ambition and ability to handle different types of musical genres as shown in their exceptional adaptations of Oliver! and Sweeney Todd.
Here musical director Tricia Gaskell and choreographer Sarah Walker again show top-notch teamwork.
In Hello Dolly! we are are transported back to 19th century New York. A time to go bonkers in Yonkers as we celebrate the world of the matchmaking, indefatigable Dolly Levi – a character made famous in many big screen and stage versions.
This is a very happy show with a happy cast who who are all allowed to shine in Elsie Kelly’s direction.
These Wirral Globe Arts Ambassadors give 100 per cent every time.
Pat Davies as Dolly paces herself well into the pivotal role.
Her interaction with Tony Prince’s gruff but ultimately endearing Horace Vandergelder has plenty of comic moments.
Elsie has directed this charming show three times before and always gets the best out of
the trademark cross-generational cast.
True to form the costumes are wonderful and the set capturing the Big Apple is a visual delight, complemented by two ramps allowing the audience to get a wee bit closer to our local stars.
Everyone pulls out all the stops from the jaunty orchestra to the ladies and gentlemen of the marvellous chorus.
There are the usual individual and collective performances.
Sarah Chidlow as Irene Molloy and Bridie Flanagan as Minnie Fay both weave in and of the fun proceedings to great effect.
The double-act team of shop assistants Cornelius (John Francis Viagus) and Barnaby (Brian Comer) are a joy – enthusiastic and enjoyable scene stealers.
In her programme notes Elsie Kelly waves farewell by saying: “I’m incredibly privileged to have worked with such a responsive company.” The feeling is clearly mutual.
Another sparkling feather in the cap for Elsie and her outstanding legacy.
Now the shows must go on.
For this sunny Hello Dolly, I counted more than 50 performers on stage – everyone deservedly taking a well-earned bow.
Onwards and upwards.
Wirral Globe rating: 4 Stars, Hats Off to BOST