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Hello Dolly

Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder
Original Production Directed and
Choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway Stage by
David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc.
permission from Tams-Witmark
Audition Dates: Oct 29-30, 2017 (tentative)
Performance Dates: Feb. 9-25, 2018

Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and with heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler - but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn-of-the-century, Hello-Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Hello, Dolly! features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and - of course - the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” Dolly herself is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for the musical theatre, and famous Dolly Levis have included Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Molly Picon, Mary Martin, and Barbra Streisand.

Characters

Dolly Levi: A widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a matchmaker, meddler, opportunist, and a life-loving woman.

Horace Vandergelder: The proprietor of a Hay & Feed store and a client of Dolly Levi. A well-known half-a-millionaire, he is a widower, gruff, authoritative, and set in his ways.

Cornelius Hackl: Vandergelder’s chief clerk who yearns for one exciting day in NYC. Energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous young man who has a sweet innocence about him.

Barnaby Tucker: An assistant to Cornelius at Vandergelder’s Hay & Feed store. He is sweet, naïve, energetic, and a follower.

Irene Molloy: A widow and a beautiful, smart, fun-loving milliner with a hat shop in New York. Dolly has introduced her to Horace Vandergelder but she yearns for romance.

Minnie Fay: A young girl who works in Irene’s hat shop. Irene’s assistant, she is a naïve, strait-laced, fresh, and a follower.

Ambrose Kemper: A young and explosive struggling artist seeking to marry Ermengarde.

Ermengarde: The young niece of Horace Vandergelder. She cries often and wants her independence and wants to marry Ambrose.

Ernestina Money: An eccentric-looking girl in need of Dolly’s matchmaker services.

Rudolf Reisenweber: Maître d' of the Harmonia Gardens restaurant.

Waiters: A group of waiters at the Harmonia Gardens restaurant.

Mrs. Rose: A friend of Dolly’s from years before. A street vendor who sells vegetables.

Judge: A white-whiskered night court judge. Easily moved to tears by romance.

Ensemble: Featured roles, males and females