“Hello, Dolly!” one of the most-beloved American musicals, will take center stage March 11-13 in the O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University .
The show features lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 work “The Merchant of Yonkers,” which Wilder revised and retitled “The Matchmaker” in 1955. “Hello, Dolly!” was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for best musical and nine other Tonys. It also was made into a 1969 film that was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
“Hello, Dolly!” follows the enterprising Dolly Levi, who specializes in finding her clients the perfect romantic pairing. In the case of wealthy curmudgeon Horace Vandergelder, Dolly has someone extra special in mind – herself. The show includes iconic songs “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and “Before the Parade Passes By,” in addition to the legendary title number.
Director Teresa Lyons-Hegdahl, musical director Dr. Patricia Connors, choreographer Randy Winkler, orchestra conductor Robert Strusinski, and technical director Troy Wilhelmson collectively guide a cast of more than 30 students.
This diverse group includes: University of St. Thomas students Katie Anderson, Steve Broszko, Perry Chicos, Allie Cleary, Lauren Durand, Patrick Gustafson, Caitlin Heaney, Rita Kovtun, Andrew Menke, Ryan Nolan, Hannah Schaefer, Tommy Sikula, Joseph Turner, Frank Wagner and Paul Willis; St. Catherine University students Adara Bryan, Collette Devereaux, Etty Hathaway, Jayne Hess, Martell Horner, Anna Laitinen, Heather Nordby, Greta Pahr, Kat Ramage, and Kerrick Sarbacker; Academy of Holy Angels students Jeff Bedor, Scott Caple, Gabe Ignacio, and Jack O’Rourke; and Macalester College student Adam Gyrion.
A promotional You Tube video can be viewed here.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, in The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. Tickets are $17 for adults, and $7 for students and ACTC faculty and staff.
For reservations call (651) 690-6700.