Matchmaker Dolly comes to Lyric Arts stage

Lyric Arts brings the entertaining “Hello, Dolly!” to its stage.

Big hats, big musical numbers and even bigger personalities are featured in this time-honored comedy about matchmaker Dolly Levi.

Beth King (Dolly Gallagher Levi) and Curtis Burton (Horace Vandergelder) star in “Hello, Dolly!” at Lyric Arts. The show runs through March 17.Photo courtesy of Christy Bruin

Beth King (Dolly Gallagher Levi) and Curtis Burton (Horace Vandergelder) star in “Hello, Dolly!” at Lyric Arts. The show runs through March 17. Photo courtesy of Christy Bruin

Barb Hynes-Tomczyk returns to the Main Street Stage to direct “Dolly.”

“This show has stood the test of time not only because of the fantastic music, well-placed humor and happy ending, but also because it celebrates the strength of women,” Hynes-Tomczyk said.

“Dolly is strong, feisty and makes her own destiny, and I believe that determination is something that appeals to every generation.”

That’s not to mention the crotchety, tightfisted half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder.

Set at the turn of the 20th century in New York, Dolly not only seeks mates for others, she sets her sights on Vandergelder for a husband of her own. But she must win his heart before he hitches up with someone else.

Among notable songs in the show are “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “So Long, Dearie” and the show’s title song “Hello, Dolly!”.

Hynes-Tomczyk has directed “A Laura Ingalls Christmas,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and last year’s “Over the Tavern” at Lyric Arts.

Book writer for “Hello, Dolly!” is Michael Stewart, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Stewart’s work is based on Thorton Wilder’s “The Merchant of Yonkers,” which he penned in 1938. He later revised the play and changed the title to “The Matchmaker.”

“Hello, Dolly!” received a Tony Award for best musical in 1964.

Lyric Arts presents “Hello, Dolly!” through March 17, Ticket are $16-$26. Lyric Arts is located at 420 E. Main St., Anoka. For more information, visit www.lyricarts.org or call the box office at 763-422-1838.

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