Sally Struthers Will Lead 50th Anniversary Tour of Hello, Dolly!
By Adam Hetrick
Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers will star in a 50th anniversary tour of the Tony Award-winning Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!, which will launch at the Edward Nash Theatre in Somerville, NJ, in October.
Based on Thornton Wilder's 1955 play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! features a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Herman. Song titles include "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By" and "It Only Takes a Moment."
Jeffrey B. Moss will stage the production that will have choreography by Bob Richard. It is produced by Big League Productions, Inc., which is led by president and executive producer Daniel Sher and vice president of booking, John Starr.
Over 70 cities are planned for the tour, which will begin Oct. 5 in Somerville, NJ. It will also play stops in Scranton, PA; Erie, PA; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Pensacola, FL; Birmingham, AL; Sioux City, IA, Spokane, WA; Fresno, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Boise, ID; Shreveport, LA; Galveston, TX; and more into 2014.
In addition to Struthers (9 to 5, Annie, Grease, "Gilmore Girls," "All in the Family") as Dolly Levi, the cast will include John O'Creagh (Katie Roche) as Horace Vandergelder, Matt Wolfe (Scandalous) as Cornelius Hackl, Lauren Blackman (Mary Poppins, Singin' in the Rain) as Irene Molloy, Garett Hawe (Newsies) as Barnaby Tucker, Halle Morse (Mamma Mia!) as Minnie Fay, Brad Frenette (Sweeney Todd) as Ambrose Kemper and Hilary Fingerman (The Bully) as Ermengarde.
Struthers and O'Creagh previously co-starred in Hello, Dolly! at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma in 2005.
The creative team is completed by Charlie Morrison (lighting design) and Skip Brevis (musical supervision).
For a complete list of tour dates, visit hellodollyontour.com.
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