Half-a-Millionaire Matchmaker: Light Opera Works’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is solid gold

Mary Robin Roth *is* Dolly Gallagher Levi. Move over Patti Stanger. Meddling matchmaker Dolly Levi is taking over Manhattan (by way of Evanston, Il.), and she’s got turn-of-the-century romances brewing in every corner. Hello, Dolly! composer and lyricist Jerry Herman recently received a Kennedy Center Honor (I found the broadcast of his tribute painfully embarrassing for… Read More Half-a-Millionaire Matchmaker: Light Opera Works’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is solid gold

Light Opera Works’ ‘Carousel’ has all the pageantry, but little passion

Natalie Ford (Julie Jordan) and Cooper David Grodin (Billy Bigelow) sing and look pretty. There’s a lot to love in Light Opera Work’s Carousel. The 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is given a full-bodied staging with a sumptuous 30-piece orchestra (conducted by Roger L. Bingaman), colorful costume design (Nikki Delhomme) and impressive settings (by scenic… Read More Light Opera Works’ ‘Carousel’ has all the pageantry, but little passion