MEREDITH — Well, hello Dolly! From July 29th through August 10th you'll be able to laugh and sing along with one of Broadway's most popular musicals as you follow the adventures of Dolly Levi in a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the century.
The Interlakes Summer Theatre Producing Director, Nancy Barry (from Meredith) will be playing the lead role as Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, a mischievous but very successful matchmaker. Other cast members include Charles Baran as Horace Vandergelder, the rich hay and feed store owner in Yonkers. Horace's head clerk, Cornelius Hackl, will be played by Dan Lusardi and his assistant, Barnaby Tucker by John Findlay (a recent Interlakes graduate). The beautiful Widow Molloy, who owns an upscale hat shop in New York City, will be played by Ashley Landroche (also from Meredith). And finally, Widow Molloy's assistant, Minnie Fay will be portrayed by Gabrielle Petrosino while J. Spencer Dean takes on the role of Ambrose Kemper a struggling artist.
The story centers on Mrs. Levi's efforts to marry Half-Millionaire Horace Vandergelder. She's been dreaming about ways to use his fortune and share it with others. Dolly lives by the words of her late husband, Ephraim. "Money, pardon the expression, is like manure, it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around, encouraging young things to grow". On the way to capturing Horace's heart, her match-making skills entangle others in her web. She finds suitable mates everywhere she goes. Some of her targets are reluctant, some eager and some just plain terrified.
Of course the story has a happy ending and Dolly "gets her man", and the cash.
This musical comedy won 10 Tony Awards during its run on Broadway from 1964 to 1970. The record lasted for over 35 years. Call 888-245-6374 for times and tickets or visit the website www.interlakestheatre.com.