“Hello, Dolly!” Back Where She Belongs at the Mac-Haydn

CHATHAM, NY — One of the greatest musicals of all time, Hello, Dolly! is the final show of the summer at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, August 24 through September 3.  Dolly is ‘back where she belongs’ and ready to change lives in the Jerry Herman classic, with songs such as “Put On Your Sunday Clothes, It Only Takes A Moment, Ribbons Down My Back” and the rousing title number, “Hello, Dolly!”.

Monica M. Wemitt recreates her stellar role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a ‘woman who arranges things’, making matches for one and all, including herself.  She has been hired by Horace Vandergelder, that ‘well-known Yonkers half a millionaire’ to find him a wife.  Little does he know who she has in mind for that – and how she gets that match made is the delight of this show.   Dolly’s shenanigans go from Vandergelder’s Feed Store to Irene Molloy’s hat shop to the 14th Street Parade, Harmonia Gardens restaurant, a courtroom and back to Yonkers, as she puts her hand in everywhere it’s needed to get all the right couples together.

Ms. Wemitt, a Mac-Haydn favorite, performed in the show on Broadway with Carol Channing.  Other MHT roles include Mother Superior in last summer’s Sister Act and Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Brian Wagner, featured soloist in Sweeney Todd earlier this summer, will play Horace Vandergelder; he has been seen in New York City theatres as The Man In The Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone and received a Best Supporting Actor award as The Colonel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

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“WE’RE GOING TO NEW YORK, BARNABY!” — and we won’t come home until we’ve kissed a girl, Cornelius Hackl (Ryan Michael Owens, right) promises Barnaby Tucker (Dan Macke, left) in “Hello, Dolly!”, at The Mac-Haydn Theatre in nearby Chatham, NY, August 24 through September 3.  

They are joined by Capital District native Rachel Rhodes-Devey as Irene Molloy; her extensive resume includes many Mac-Haydn shows since her first as Marta in The Sound of Music and starring as Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center national tour of South Pacific.  Ryan Michael Owens will be Cornelius Hackl, he was lauded as the French Taunter in Spamalot.

Hello, Dolly! is filled with hope and love and will keep you happy until 2018, Mac-Haydn’s gala 50th Anniversary season!  Hello, Dolly!, August 24 through September 3 at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, call 518-392-9292 or visit machaydntheatre.org for information and reservations.

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