BY KENDALL ERICKSON
First, let me just say, bow down to the greatness that is Barbara Streisand!
Year Released: 1969
How It Faired Back Then: Hello, Dolly! is the movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. While the Broadway production began its run on January 16, 1964 at the St. James Theatre and closed on December 27, 1970, the film version of the musical premiered on December 16, 1969 and received mixed reviews from critics. Although the film’s exact box office numbers are unclear, it has been deemed a flop by some critics but a success by others. In spite of all this, the film was nominated for 7 Oscars, and won 3. Unfortunately for this film, I think it was overshadowed by the stage version’s massive success, along with the fact that some major classics, such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Easy Rider, were released in the same year.
Why It’s Lasted: Who wouldn’t love a musical rom-com about matchmaking? I think this movie has lasted for a number of different reasons. First off, most musical theatre geeks can’t get enough of Streisand. The film is also a great companion to have alongside of the stage production, not to mention the fact that a lot of high schools put on this musical, so the film is likely never to become obsolete. Plus, the musical numbers are fantastic. They’re catchy, fun and gorgeous to watch on film. Look at the 1982 movie version of Annie: it did poorly at the box office upon its release, but since then has become a beloved classic. I think Hello, Dolly! followed this same pattern, in that it was not considered a huge commercial success but overtime became a fan favourite and classic.
Classic Moment: Call me cheesy, but every single musical number in the film. They are all spectacular and just so damn pretty to watch.
Does It Still Hold Up?: I’d like to think so. The film has elements throughout it that many moviegoers look for today. It’s funny, it’s romantic, lies are told, things go awry, but by the end, everything is resolved and you leave the theatre (or in this case, your couch) happy and fulfilled. Not to mention that it has musical numbers!!![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7e-hJx3YcY]