In Hello, Dolly!, Dolly Levi, the well-known matchmaker at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century in Yonkers, New York, sets out to find herself a husband in the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. Meanwhile, she matches together a rich widow, Irene Malloy, with Vandergelder’s employee, Cornelius Hackl. She also sets up Molloy’s assistant, Minnie, with Cornelius’s assistant, Barnaby, and then further matches the poor artist, Ambrose, with Vandergelder’s niece Ermengarde. In the end, after a ruckus at an upscale restaurant and a court case, Dolly convinces Vandergelder to marry her and all is well. With lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, the original Broadway production starred Carol Channing and won the Tony Award for Best Musical plus nine other Tonys. The show album, Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The memorable score includes It Takes A Woman, Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes a Moment, So Long, Dearie and the title song. The show has enjoyed three Broadway revivals and international success and was also made into a 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand.
The Guild production of Hello, Dolly! is presented as part of FestivALL Fall 2012 and is sponsored by Ed and Susan Maier and Charleston Area Medical Center.
Nina Denton Pasinetti - Director, Choreographer
John Marshall - Musical Director
David Patrick -Accompanist
Thomas P. Pasinetti - Technical Director
© 2012 The Charleston Light Opera Guild