Blackhurt has been associated with the qualities and roles of blowsy Ethel Merman before; Merman took over the role of Dolly in the original Broadway run of the musical comedy. Blackkurst said in an earlier statement at the time of Happy Hunting, "I am genetically predisposed toward celebrating the works of Ethel Merman. I know a lot about the First Lady of Musical Theatre and have enjoyed playing some of her most celebrated roles. I've walked miles in those tiny pumps and enjoyed life from behind her proverbial highball."
Performances of Hello, Dolly!, the musical comedy romance based on Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, will play June 28-Sept. 8 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. Goodspeed confirmed the casting of Blackhurst after news broke in the Hartford Courant.
Blackhurst has appeared in her own cabarets shows, including Everything the Traffic Will Allow, and regional and Off-Broadway productions, including Gypsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Her recoridngs include "Autumn in New York," "Dreaming of a Song" and "Everything the Traffic Will Allow."
Goldstein previously directed The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown at The Norma Terris Theatre in 2011.