Hello, Dolly!, the musical based on Thornton Wilder’s 1955 farce, The Matchmaker, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. In honor of the occasion, an anniversary production will travel across the nation to more than 70 cities.
In the Tony Award winning musical farce Hello, Dolly! the cantankerous half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder hires matchmaker Dolly Levi to find a wife for him. Dolly soon hatches a plan to woo and win Vandergelder’s hand herself, while simultaneously arranging romantic prospects for his niece, his clerks and two of Manhattan’s most eligible shop girls. Jerry Herman’s memorable score and charming lyrics place the irresistibly mischievous Dolly center stage, making the role one of the most celebrated and high-spirited in musical theatre.
Sally Struthers is a two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner for her performances in the ground-breaking TV series All in the Family. She starred in the Fox television series 9 to 5 and her own CBS series Gloria. Her last two series were the CBS comedy Still Standing and the CW network’s highly acclaimed Gilmore Girls. Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures in the 70’s: Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. Sally’s first two Broadway forays were in Wally’s Café with Rita Moreno and Jimmy Coco and Neil Simon’s female version of The Odd Couple with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as Miss Mamie Lynch on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of Grease. In the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Annie, Sally played the coveted role of Miss Hannigan. Sally was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Artistic Director Theatre Awards for her role as Louise Seger in the musical, Always, Patsy Cline, a true story based on the relationship between Seger and Cline.