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News Skipper, Karel, Cates, Weitzer and More to Star in Hello, Dolly! Benefit Famed Carol Channing "tribute artist" Richard Skipper will star in a one-night-only benefit performance of Hello, Dolly! at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ.
Richard Skipper as Carol Channing.
Richard Skipper as Carol Channing.

Directed by Thomas Morrissey, the June 14 performance will feature choreography by Connor Gallagher and musical direction by John Fischer. Show time is 8 PM. Skipper will star in the title role, which was originated by Channing. He will be joined onstage by Charles Karel (Milk and Honey, Dear World, Zorba) as Horace Vandergelder, Kristy Cates (Wicked, Jerry Springer The Opera) as Irene Malloy, Jim Weitzer (Little Women, Phantom) as Cornelius Hackl, Chris Gunn (Little Women, Jerry Springer The Opera) as Barnaby Tucker and Jenna Coker-Jones (Evil Dead The Musical) as Minnie Fay with Anne Kissel (Ernestina), Jack Hallett (Rudolph), Hernando Umana (Ambrose), Brooke Wallace (Ermengarde) and Gary Mottola (Judge).

The production will also feature ten professional dancers and a singing ensemble of 22 as well as a chorus of local talent from the Arcadian Chorale under the direction of Marina Alexander.

The design team comprises Dawn von Suskil (set designer), George Hansel (lighting designer) and Linda Delaney (costume coordinator).

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 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Channing).

The Paramount Theatre on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park is located at 1300 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets, priced $15-$50, are available by visiting or by calling (732) 455-3059.

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