Houghton Academy Theatre Presents: HELLO, DOLLY!

The Houghton Academy Theatre will present "Hello, Dolly!" on April 26-28 at 7:00 pm. The musical was written by Michael Stewart with music & lyrics by Jerry Herman and based on the play “The Matchmaker,” by Thornton Wilder.

At the outset of the story, millionaire Horace Vandergelder takes stock of his life and declares, “I've worked hard, and I've become rich and friendless and mean. And in America, that's about as far as you can go.” Horace decides that what he needs is a wife to clean up after him, so he engages the services of Dolly Levi, a vivacious widowed matchmaker who arranges marriages. Dolly begins to set up dates for Horace even as she sets her sights on marrying him herself. She conspires with his two clerks, Barnaby and Cornelius, as well as with milliner Irene Malloy and her assistant, Minnie Faye. When Dolly eventually becomes exasperated with Horace, she bids him goodbye telling him, “And on those cold, winter nights Horace, you can snuggle up to your cash register; it’s a little lumpy, but it rings!” What will happen in the end? 

The story of Dolly & Horace is the basis of one of the most beloved musicals in the history of American theatre. Houghton Academy’s production of Hello, Dolly!, directed by Tim Nichols, stars Elise Poorman '18 as Dolly and Liam McNeill '18 as Horace.

“Directing ‘Hello,Dolly!’ has long been a dream of mine; it is both one of the most beloved works in the canon of American musical theatre, as well as a great personal favorite,” states Nichols. “As we headed towards the senior year of Elise Poorman and Liam McNeill, I couldn't help but notice that they could be an ideal pairing for Dolly Levi and Horace Vandergelder. Liam starred in my first play ("Seussical") six years ago as a seventh grader. It has been my desire to do a multicultural "Dolly" that reflected the diverse nature of Houghton Academy, and I'm happy to report that our cast hails from Nigeria, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Korea, India, Vietnam, China, besides the United States. The cast is working so hard, and I know that Western New York audiences are going to thoroughly enjoy watching ‘Hello Dolly!’come to life on the Academy stage next month.”

The musical will be presented in the Rosemary Tysinger Auditorium at Houghton Academy. Tickets will cost $4 for students and senior citizens, and $7 for adults.

Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc. HELLO, DOLLY! is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

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