Written by Jerry Herman and made famous by Louis Armstrong, the song Hello, Dolly! is bound to have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles when Hello, Dolly! commences its season at the Playhouse Theatre on 27 May 2017.
The 1964 musical based on the book by Michael Stewart with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman is one of the much loved musicals of all times.
In 1969 the film version of this romantic comedy musical was released. Directed by Gene Kelly and produced by Ernest Lehman, the cast included Barbra Streisand in the lead role as Dolly.
Original film poster by Richard Amsel
It follows the story of Dolly Levi, a socialite turned matchmaker extraordinaire as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find wives for the grumpy unmarried "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder and Ambrose, a young artist who is in love with Horace's niece.
Along the way, Dolly decides that she herself will marry Horace and her scheming soon involves Horace's employees as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic plans. When Horace declares that he wouldn't marry Dolly if she were the last woman in the world, she storms off and he soon realises that he's bored and lonely without her. Of course in the end, Dolly gets her man.
Dolly Levi has been played by many stars over the years including Carol Channing and Bette Midler. In this sparkling new production, Marina Prior takes on the role of Dolly while Marina's real-life husband Grant Piro, plays the grouchy Horace Vandergelder.
Also starring in this production are Verity Hunt-Ballard (Guys & Dolls, Mary Poppins) as Irene Molloy with Glenn Hill (Show Boat) as Cornelius Hackl and Baylie Carson as Ermengarde. Nigel Huckle stars as Barnaby Tucker, Imogen Moore as Minnie Fay and Jack Van Staveren as Ambrose Kemper.
Apart from the title song, the score includes Put On Your Sunday Clothes and It Only Takes a Moment. Director Gary Young (Georgy Girl, Singin' in the Rain) returns to The Production Company to recreate this great Broadway classic.
The season runs from Saturday 27 May 2017 and runs until Sunday 11 June 2017 at the Playhouse Theatre. Arts Centre 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne