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by Cate Altamura (subscribe)
Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
Published June 5th 2017
Marina Prior dominates the stage as Dolly
The Production Company has done it again with its enchanting reincarnation of Hello Dolly! Currently playing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, the musical is on for a limited season until 11th June.

Based on the play, "The Matchmaker", by Thornton Wilder, Hello Dolly! comes to life on stage in a swirl of stunning sequined costumes and catchy numbers.

The story revolves around Dolly Levi, a matchmaker from Yonkers, played by Australia's leading lady Marina Prior. Marina's husband, Grant Piro also joins the cast as Horace Vandergelder. The duo are hypnotic to watch and given that they are married in real-life their chemistry and fluidity on stage was magical.

Hello Dolly, Marina Prior, Piro
Dynamic duo


Joining the incredible cast is Helpmann Award winner Verity Hunt-Ballard as Irene Molloy, Glenn Hill as Cornelius Hackl and Baylie Carson as Ermengarde, who was extraordinary as the young Mary O'Brien in DUSTY.

Hello Dolly! has it all pops of humour, romance and vitality. Each scene moves at a brisk pace and seamlessly merges with the next, keeping the energy going throughout.

Prior is alluring on stage and her comedic timing is sensational, not to mention her powerful voice which radiated throughout the theatre. Piro is a remarkable actor and his humour and charm was refreshing.

Hello Dolly, Marina Prior, Piro
The incredibly energetic ensemble


The ensemble was outstanding and special mention goes out to Jerry Herman for his sensational score which includes Hello, Dolly!, Put On Your Sunday Clothes and It Only Takes a Moment.

Hello Dolly! bursts with vigour and humour and the sharp pace will hold your attention to the very end.
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Why? Highly engaging musical
When: now
Where: The Arts Centre
Cost: From $50.00
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