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Hello, Dolly!

“And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. “Some people paint, some sew… I meddle,” replies Dolly. And we are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker!

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical (1964)
    Winner! The New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Musical (1964)
    Winner! 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Actor and Actress (1968)
    Winner! The Theatre World Award (Jack Crowder) (1968)
    Winner! The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance (Ethel Merman) (1970)
HELLO, DOLLY! is the story of Mrs. Dolly Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rainwater the way her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’ assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Mrs. Molloy’s assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kemper, with Mr. Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde.

Mrs. Levi tracks Vandergelder to his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train back to Mrs. Molloy’s hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city where they are all caught up in the great Fourteenth Street Association Parade, and finally to the most elegant and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens. There, Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, Hello, Dolly!

What happens in the end? Dolly gets her man, of course. Even makes him glad she caught him. Dolly leaves the stage at the end of Act II with a wink to the audience as she takes a peep into Vandergelder’s bulging cash register, and promises that his fortune will soon be put to good use. She quotes her late husband as she says, “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”

HELLO, DOLLY! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage…Dolly Gallagher Levi!

Classic musical numbers include Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes A Moment and So Long, Dearie.

Premiere Production: HELLO, DOLLY! played for 2844 performances on Broadway at the St. James Theatre with Carol Channing in the title role. At the time it was the longest playing Broadway musical. The London production played for 794 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. The show has been revived several times on Broadway, most recently in 1995 for 116 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, again with Carol Channing as Dolly Levi.
  • Casting: 4M, 5F
  • Casting Notes: The original Broadway production had a cast of 45 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.
  • Chorus Size: Suggested: 8 female dancers, 8 female singers, 6 male singers, 12 male dancers. (Can be done with fewer)

  • Principals
    MRS. DOLLY GALLAGHER — an indefatigable meddling matchmaker; a widow in her middle years
    MRS. IRENE MOLLOY — a millineress with a hat shop near 14th Street in New York City
    MINNIE FAY — a young girl who works in Irene’s Shop
    ERNESTINA — a heavy-set girl in need of Mrs. Levi’s services
    ERMENGARDE — the 17-year-old niece of Horace Vandergelder
    HORACE VANDERGELDER — proprietor of a hay and feed store in Yonkers, NY and a client of Mrs. Levi’s
    CORNELIUS HACKL — Vandergelder’s chief clerk, 33 years old
    BARANABY TUCKER — an assistant to Cornelius, 17 years old
    AMBROSE KEMPER — a young artist seeking to marry Ermengard

    Supporting (from the Chorus)
    MRS. ROSE — sells vegetables from a street cart, a friend of Mrs. Levi’s from years before
    COACHMAN — non-speaking
    HORSE — two chorus/dancers
    RUDOLPH REISENWEBER — the Prussian major-domo of the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant
    STANLEY — a young waiter
    FRITZ, HARRY, LOUI, DANNY, MANNY and HANK — Harmonia Gardens waiters; non-speaking chorus/dancers
    FIRST COOK — Harmonia Gardens employee with a German accent
    SECOND COOK — Harmonia Gardens employee
    JUDGE — white-whiskered, red-nosed, New York night court
    POLICEMEN — several New York City officers; only one speaking
    COURT CLERK (RECORDER) — male chorus member
    PAPERHANGER — non-speaking

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    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
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    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
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    2 Percussion I & II:
    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
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    Bell Plate
    Wood Block
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