Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise: Hello, Dolly! 

Wednesday-Thursday, March 5-6

In the '70s, Norman Lear changed the face of sitcoms. His families were the antithesis of the post-war nuclear families portrayed on TV, and many of his characters were relatable. Viewers saw their family, friends, neighbors and even themselves in Lear's shows, which featured strong-willed patriarchs or matriarchs who often made life hell for those around them: Good Times' mother Florida spent a lot of time keeping son JJ in line; Maude's titular character disagreed with husband Walter on almost everything; Sanford and Son's Fred Sanford referred to son Lamont as "Dummy;" and bigoted All in the Family father Archie Bunker had a similar whipping boy in son-in-law Mike, who he called "Meathead." But for all of their blustering, these characters also had someone who loved them in spite of their flaws, like Archie's sweet daughter, played by Sally Struthers. Struthers now embodies a fierce character of her own, bringing tenacious nosy match-maker Dolly Gallagher Levi to life in the classic musical Hello, Dolly! See Struthers sing, dance and strut her stuff in this Broadway in Boise production as Dolly heads to Yonkers, N.Y., to find a wife for cranky Horace Vandergelder--who doesn't know the wife Dolly has in mind is herself.

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