Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Struthers will star as meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the 50th anniversary national tour of Hello, Dolly! Directed by Jeffrey B. Moss, the production kicks off at the Edward Nash Theatre in Somerville, NJ, on October 5 before traveling to more than 70 cities.
In addition to Struthers, Hello, Dolly! will feature John O’Creagh (West Side Story) as Horace Vandergelder, Lauren Blackman (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) as Irene Molloy, Matt Wolfe (Scandalous) as Cornelius Hackl, Garett Hawe (Newsies) as Barnaby Tucker, Halle Morse (Mamma Mia!) as Minnie Fay, Brad Frenette (Madagascar Live) as Ambrose Kemper and Hilary Fingerman (A Little Night Music) as Ermengarde.
Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. The show opened on Broadway on January 16, 1964, with Carol Channing in the title role and won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Broadway.com recently reported that a revival starring Kristin Chenoweth as Dolly may make its way to Broadway in the next two years.
Best known for her work as Gloria in the groundbreaking 1970s TV series All in the Family, Struthers appeared on Broadway in Wally’s Café, Grease and The Odd Couple. Her regional stage credits include The Full Monty, Hello, Dolly!, Annie, Mame, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 9 to 5, The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde and Chicago.
Hello, Dolly! features choreography by Bob Richard, lighting by Charlie Morrison and musical supervision by Skip Brevis.