Left to right: Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi (Dyan McBride), Barnaby Tucker (Zachary Frangos), Minnie Fay (Julia Ludwig).

After a two-year hiatus, the Mountain Play is back, this time with the Broadway classic Hello Dolly! We are thrilled to see live theater on the mountain again, and this year’s offering is a fun, colorful and very enjoyable production that the whole family can enjoy.

Hello Dolly! follows the adventures of Dolly Gallagher Levi, matchmaker, melee and “woman who fixes things”, who sets out to marry Horace Vandergelder, the famous Yonkers half-millionaire (unbeknownst to him). Add Horace’s beleaguered employees, a frantic New York trip, and plenty of misunderstandings, and you have a fun and colorful musical spectacle.

Jerry Herman’s classic and enjoyable score, performed by a 20-piece orchestra, includes memorable songs such as “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, “Ribbons Down My Back”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance”, “It Only Takes a Moment” and of course the famous title track “Hello, Dolly!”

From left to right: Ermengarde (Jill Jacobs) and Horace Vandergelder (Randy Nazarian).

Hello Dolly! is directed by Jay Manley (who also directed the last four Mountain Play offerings Fat, West Side Story, The beauty and the Beast, and Mama Mia!), the musical direction is provided by David Möschler at the head of an orchestra, and the exciting and energetic choreography — among the best we have seen in a production of Mountain Play — is by Zoë Swenson Graham.

We loved the performance of protagonists Diane McBride (who previously starred as Donna in the 2018 Mountain Play’s Mama Mia!) as matchmaker Dolly Levi, and Mountain Play veteran Randy Nazarian as Yonkers half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. They both played their roles perfectly and had excellent comedic timing. Other stars include Chachi Delgado as Cornelius Hackl, Jen Brooks as Irene Malloy, Zachary Frango as Barnaby Tucker, Julia Ludwig as Minnie Faye, and Jill Jacobs as the niece-prone niece. sobs of Vandergelder, Ermengarde.

Hello Dolly!  the Mountain Play 2022
Left to right: Barnaby Tucker (Zachary Frangos), Minnie Fay (Julia Ludwig), Cornelius Hackl (Chachi Delgado), Irene Molloy (Jen Brooks).

As always, it’s a wonderful live musical theater production for all members of the family and a classic Marin County experience. My family and I look forward to going to Mountain Play every year. Great tickets are still available for all Mountain Play performances on May 29 and June 5, 11, 12 and 19. All shows start at 2 p.m., but there’s plenty of pre-show entertainment for everyone, so be sure to get there early.

Hello Dolly!  the Mountain Play 2022

If you are going to

Mountain Play general seating tickets are $45 for adults, $40 for seniors 65 and older, and $25 for youth ages 4-25, plus state park entry fees 10%; children 3 and under are free. Reserved seating is also available. Order your tickets online here or by phone at (415) 383-1100. You can also buy your tickets at the door; the box office opens at 9 a.m. and tickets are an additional $5 for adults and seniors.

Performances start at 2 p.m. and end around 4:30 p.m., but of course you’ll want to get there early for maximum enjoyment, with pre-show entertainment starting at 12:30 p.m.

When you go, make sure you are prepared for any type of weather. Even if it’s foggy in Mill Valley, the Rock Springs and Amphitheater area can be above it all and bathed in sunshine. Of course, there can also be wind and fog. There are a few gray areas in the amphitheater, but they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hats, sunscreen, and layered clothing are essential in Mountain Play. Also be sure to bring plenty of drinking water, although drinking fountains and concessions are available on the grounds. The amphitheater seats are all blocks of stone, so stadium cushions, pillows, blankets, and other forms of padding are also a good idea. You can rent cushions at the amphitheater, and reserved seats already have cushions in place.

The Mountain Play takes place at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater in Mount Tamalpais State Park. Although you can park at the amphitheater, which is located near the trailhead and the Rock Springs parking lot, parking there is very limited and fills up early in the day.

The traditional way to get to Mountain Play is to take one of the shuttles ($10 adults, $5 youth) from Tamalpais High School or Manzanita Park & ​​Ride (near Buckeye Restaurant). Buses leave approximately every 15 minutes starting at 10am (last bus at 12:45pm) and will take you back down the mountain after the play.

For more information on how to get there, read our Insider’s Guide to Mountain Play 2022. You can learn more about Mountain Play at www.mountainplay.org or at (415) 383-1100.

All photos by Robin Jackson, courtesy of Mountain Play.