PHOTO CALL: Original and Revival Cast Members Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!
20 Jan 2014
Members of the original Broadway cast of Hello, Dolly! commenced a yearlong celebration this weekend at the New York Sheet Music Society to commemorate the musical's 50th Broadway Anniversary. The event was followed by a brunch at Sardi's Jan. 19.
Michael Riedel, Lee Roy Reams, Richard Skipper and Mary Jo Catlett
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Based on Thornton Wilder's 1955 play The Matchmaker,Hello, Dolly! features a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Herman. Song titles include "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By" and "It Only Takes a Moment." It opened on Broadway Jan. 16, 1964.
The original production received 10 Tony Awards, including Best Actress, Choreography, Direction and Best Musical. Hello, Dolly! has received three Broadway revivals and was adapted into a 1969 film that won three Academy Awards.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.