Consider the stars who played the matchless matchmaker of Hello, Dolly! during the first six years alone: Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Mary Martin, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman on stage, and Barbra Streisand on film.
In partnership with Chagrin Arts, we’ll revisit Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s great American musical comedy to find out what makes their Dolly so special. And we’ll do it the same way we’ve tackled other shows in our “Behind the Musical” series: by sharing all the songs from the show plus the back story of how the musical was created for Broadway.
And who gets to sing Dolly’s songs for TMTP? Enter the wonderful performer and director Sheri Gross, who’s a favorite of musical theater audiences in town, especially at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. For Gross, it’s a plum assignment: “I’ve lived with this show since I was young. I’ve listened to the cast album, watched the movie and seen the production many times on stage, but I’ve never had the opportunity to be part of it. This is a very exciting for me! Though we’re not doing the full musical, just to sink my teeth into these songs is really satisfying. They’re funny, they’re upbeat, and just beneath the surface they’re very touching.”
For more information about Behind the Musical: Hello, Dolly! on April 26th, click here.