Hello, Dolly! The musical follows the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi , a strong-willed matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers, New York , to find a match for the miserly "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. These awards set a record which the play held for 37 years. The show album Hello, Dolly! The show has become one of the most enduring musical theater hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the film Hello Dolly! The plot of Hello, Dolly! That play was a flop, so he revised it and retitled it as The Matchmaker in , expanding the role of Dolly played by Ruth Gordon. However, the musical A Trip to Chinatown also features a meddlesome widow who strives to bring romance to several couples and to herself in a big city restaurant. The role of Dolly Gallagher Levi was originally written for Ethel Merman but she turned it down, as did Mary Martin —although both eventually played it.
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He was He died of pulmonary complications in Miami, where he had been living with his partner, real estate broker Terry Marler. The creator of 10 Broadway shows and contributor to several more, Herman won two Tony Awards for best musical: Hello, Dolly! He also won two Grammys - for the Mame cast album and Hello, Dolly!