A lot of merchandise is for sale in the lobby of the Shubert Theatre, where Bette Midler stars in the highly anticipated, or, really, let’s make that breathlessly awaited revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Maybe branded hard hats should be added to the line. So thunderous and repeated is the applause that roars through the theater during the show — there was even a lusty round for an artificial antique train trundling across the stage — that I began to fear it would shake free some of the moldings in the august theater, letting loose a shower of plaster on the audience below.…

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