This week, Jared reviews the best of Broadway with "Hello, Dolly!" and "Dear Evan Hansen," and shares some exciting news from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

MFA Boston receives gift of Dutch and Flemish art 

"A portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, aged 62" by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has just announced that they will be the receiving a gift of late 16th, 17th, and early 18th century Dutch and Flemish artworks from Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie. The combined donation will include 113 works by 76 artists and includes what is widely considered to be one of the finest Rembrandt portraits in a private collection. 

“The word transformative is overused, but in this case it's completely descriptive," says Ronni Baer, the MFA's Senior Curator of European Painting. "It transforms our holdings of Dutch paintings to a degree unimaginable. We now have representative examples of many types of paintings that weren't even represented in the collection."

The collectors and the Museum of Fine Arts have also promised to establish a Center for Netherlandish Art at the museum, where the donated works can be studied, loaned, and used to teach the next generation of art scholars.

"Hello, Dolly!" Playing on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre

Bette Midler stars in "Hello, Dolly!"
Julieta Cervantes

Winner of the 2017 Tony Awards for best musical revival and best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical, "Hello, Dolly!" stars Bette Midler as Dolly Gallagher Levi, the undaunted and charismatic matchmaker looking for a wife for the miserly millionaire Horace Vandergelder, played by David Hyde Pierce. An ode to the golden age of musical theater, "Hello, Dolly!" is packed with extravagant sets, choreography and costume design. Bette Midler, who Jared described as "one of the last, great, true entertainers in all forms," steals the show in front of a stellar ensemble.

"Dear Evan Hansen," playing on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre

Ben Platt stars as Evan in "Dear Evan Hansen"
Matthew Murphy

The 2017 winner of six Tony Awards including best musical, "Dear Evan Hansen" is a funny and challenging new American musical about a socially awkward teenager who writes letters to himself as part of his therapy. When one of his letters ends up in the wrong hands, Evan launches a lie that spirals out of control. Ben Platt, winner of best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical, puts every ounce of himself into this moving and emotional performance about the turmoil of adolescent life.

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