CAROLEE CARMELLO TO STAR IN THE NATIONAL TOUR OF “HELLO, DOLLY!”
FOR RELEASE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019
WILL STAR IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE
ACCLAIMED NATIONAL TOUR OF
THE TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
IN KANSAS CITY, MO
New York, NY – Producer Scott Rudin announced today that Carolee Carmello will step into the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the second year of the highly acclaimed national tour of Hello, Dolly!, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, beginning September 24, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri at the Starlight Theatre.
Ms. Carmello takes over the role from Tony Award winner Betty Buckley and joins the astonishing list of show business luminaries who have inhabited the role, including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, in her last appearance on Broadway, Mary Martin, who led the West End company, and most recently in this celebrated new production, Bette Midler, Donna Murphy, and Bernadette Peters.
Led by four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the entire creative team of the Broadway production reprises their roles for the national tour of Hello, Dolly!, including four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Andy Einhorn (Music Supervisor), Tony Award winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Tony Award winner Don Pippin (Vocal Arrangements), David Chase (Dance Arrangements), and Telsey + Company (Casting).
This production of Michael Stewart’s and Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, is the winner of four 2017 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and had audiences rushing to see the “historic event” (Rolling Stone) on Broadway that had left “tears on the cheeks of critics” (The Washington Post).
Hello, Dolly! began performances on Broadway on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on April 20, 2017. Having broken the record for best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history, the box office record at the Shubert Theatre twelve times, and shattering The Shubert Organization’s all-time record ten times, this production ended its historic Broadway run on August 25, 2018.
B I O G R A P H Y
CAROLEE CARMELLO (Dolly Gallagher Levi) has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals and is a three-time Tony Award nominee for her performances in Parade, Lestat, and Scandalous. She recently completed a year-long run as Mrs. Lovett in the critically-acclaimed Sweeney Todd at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre. Additional Broadway roles include Mae Tuck in Tuck Everlasting; Mrs. du Maurier in Finding Neverland (Drama Desk Award nomination); Mother Superior in Sister Act; Alice Beineke in The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Donna in Mamma Mia!; Ms. Pennywise in Urinetown; Kate in Kiss Me, Kate; Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel; Abigail Adams in 1776; Cordelia in Falsettos; and Oolie in City of Angels. Off-Broadway credits include John & Jen, Das Barbecü, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues, and Elegies. Television credits include “The Deuce,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Good Fight,” “Madam Secretary,” “Smash,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” and “Remember W.E.N.N.” (SAG Award nomination). Ms. Carmello was nominated for an Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress in the award-winning webseries “Indoor Boys.” Her concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including engagements at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
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CRITICAL PRAISE FOR “HELLO, DOLLY!”
It is, in a word, perfection.”
Time Out New York
“The best show of the year. ‘Hello, Dolly!’ must not be missed.”
“‘Hello, Dolly!’ is back on Broadway, and it looks so fresh, you want to pinch its cheek.”
“A palpable bonding festival of hot-ticket excitement, contentment, and raucous joy.”
“This ‘Dolly!’ is classic Broadway at its best.”
“It delivers on exactly what’s craved by lovers of old-school musicals
from the era when giants like Merman roamed the earth.
‘Hello, Dolly!’ is making people crazy happy.”
The Washington Post
“So surpassingly beautiful, propelled by such glorious razzle-dazzle, and crafted with
such joy and intelligence that it deserves to be studied,
emulated and above all celebrated.”
The New Jersey Star-Ledger
New York Daily News
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