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Hello Dolly!, a musical blockbuster about a meddling matchmaker, starts its run at The Carnegie tomorrow

The Carnegie’s Hello, Dolly! blockbuster Broadway hit bursting with romance, humor, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history opens tomorrow and runs through February 18

Boisterous and charming from start to finish, the musical follows the exploits of meddling matchmaker Dolly Levi over the course of one unforgettable day.

The crowd-pleasing musical includes one favorite after another, including “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and the effervescent title song.

Sara Mackie as Dolly Levi (Photo from The Carnegie)

Mackie will light up the Carnegie as widow, matchmaker, and professional meddler Dolly Levi in the beloved Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!

Allen R. Middleton plays Horace Vandergelder, returning to The Carnegie where he appeared in Proof and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical. Horace’s shop clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby are played by Jack Manion and Matthew Callas. Manion was celebrated for his performance as the Scarecrow in The Carnegie’s 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz. Callas, a student at Xavier University, makes his Carnegie debut.

Kara Ann Scullin plays hat shop owner Irene Molloy. Scullin, a Cincinnati native, returns home after graduating from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her shop assistant, Minnie Fay is played by Wright State University student Aliya Pimental. Carson Mehlbauer, an acting student at the University of Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music (CCM) plays Ambrose Kemper opposite Campbell County High School senior Arabella Bertucci as Ermengarde. Bertucci previously appeared at The Carnegie in Singin’ in the Rain and The Sound of Music.

The multi-talented ensemble features Christian Arias, Hunter Broyles, Randolph Geers, Emily Hilbrecht, Zac Holman, Adrian Graff, Elexis Selmon, and Alexa Mueller. The teen ensemble includes Elli Maddock, Jenna Uterstaedt, and Kavan Vadivelu.

The production is directed by Joe Bertucci, an accomplished director and educator making his Carnegie debut. His frequent collaborator Elizabeth VandeWater choreographs. Together they have partnered on productions at Kincaid Regional Theatre, Stage Right Musical Theatre Company, and Campbell County Theatre Arts. CCM faculty member Steve Goers is the Music Director. Most recently at The Carnegie, Goers led music on Kinky Boots, Guys and Dolls, and Singin’ in the Rain.

Tickets to Hello, Dolly! may be purchased by calling 859-957-1940 or by visiting thecarnegie.com.

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