Music and lyrics’s: Jerry Herman
Premiered: January 16, 1964
Theatre: St. James Theatre
246 W. 44th Street, New York City

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Hello, Dolly! is the story of Mrs. Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-millionaire, so that she can send his money circulating like rainwater, not her late husband Ephraim Levi taught her.

Along the way she also succeeds in that matching the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’s assistant Barnaby Tucker with Mrs. Molloy’s loop assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist Ambrose Kemper with Mr. Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde. Mrs. Levi tracks Vandergelder to his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train back to Mrs. Molloy’s hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city where they are all caught up in the great 14th Street Association Parade, and then to the most evident and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens, where Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, “Hello, Dolly!”