Directed by NC Theatre artistic director Casey Hushion, performances are scheduled for May 7-15 in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.
"We are so excited to bring award-winning comedic actress, Cybill Shepherd, to North Carolina Theatre for Hello, Dolly!," said NC Theatre producer Carolee Baxter in a statement. "Ms. Shepherd embodies the invincible, passionate and contagiously humorous Dolly Gallagher Levi. An expressive actress with a sultry voice and striking good looks, Cybill will bring a new Dolly to life on our stage while still being true to the spirit of the most famous meddling matchmaker of all time."
Cybill Shepherd made her motion picture debut in "The Last Picture Show," and has also been seen in "The Heartbreak Kid," "Taxi Driver," "Daisy Miller" and "Chances Are," among others. She has starred in three television series, including "The Yellow Rose"; "Moonlighting," which garnered her two Golden Globe and one Emmy nomination; and the self-titled "Cybill," for which she won a Golden Globe and also served as executive producer. Most recently, she has appeared on "The L Word," "Psych," “$#*! My Dad Says” and "No Ordinary Family."
Hello, Dolly!, suggested by Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, features a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. Directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, the original production opened in January 1964 at the St. James Theatre, playing 2,844 performances before closing Dec. 27, 1970. The original cast featured Carol Channing, Eileen Brennan, David Burns, Jerry Dodge, Alice Playten, Charles Nelson Reilly and Ken Ayers. The musical won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Channing).
Tickets are $25-$75 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.nctheatre.com.