Broadway In Chicago announced that a digital lottery will begin October 22 at 9 AM for the national tour of Hello, Dolly!, starring Tony winner Betty Buckley. The acclaimed production will play Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre for a limited four-week engagement October 23 through November 17.
Twenty-six tickets will be sold for every performance at $25 each. The lottery will happen online only the day before each performance. Seat locations vary per performance.
To enter visit broadwayinchicago.com. Patrons will receive a confirmation email once they have validated their email (one time only) and successfully entered the lottery. After the lottery closes, patrons will be notified via email within minutes as to whether they have won or not. Winners have 60 minutes from the time the lottery closes to pay online with a credit card. After payment has been received, patrons can pick up tickets at the Oriental Theatre no sooner than 30 minutes before show time with a valid photo ID.
Joining Buckley are Tony nominee Lewis J. Stadlen (The Front Page) as Horace Vandergelder, Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon) as Cornelius Hackl, Analisa Leaming (School of Rock) as Irene Molloy, Jess LeProtto (Carousel) as Barnaby Tucker, Kristen Hahn (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as Minnie Fay, Garrett Hawe (Carousel) as Ambrose Kemper, Morgan Kirner as Emerngarde, and Jessica Sheridan (Follies) as Ernestina.
Rounding out the company are ensemble members Maddy Apple, Daniel Beeman, Brittany Bohn, Giovanni Bonaventura, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Whitney Cooper, Julian DeGuzman, Wally Dunn, Alexandra Frohlinger, Dan Horn, Corey Hummerston, Madison Johnson,Nathan Keen, Beth Kirkpatrick, Ben Lanham, Ian Liberto, Kyle Samuel, Scott Shedenhelm, Timothy Shew, Maria Cristina Slye, Cassie Austin Taylor, Davis Wayne, Brandon L. Whitmore, and Connor Wince.
Buckley earned a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the original production of Cats, having previously appeared on Broadway in Pippin and 1776. Her additional memorable performances include the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Margaret White in the short-lived cult favorite musical Carrie (having previously played gym teacher Miss Collins in the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel), Sunset Boulevard (both on Broadway and in the West End, for which she received an Olivier nomination), and Triumph of Love (earning her a second Tony nod).
The staging, directed by Jerry Zaks, features choreography by Warren Carlyle, sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto (winning a Tony for the latter), lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and orchestrations by Larry Hochman.
The Scott Rudin production, which saw Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, and Donna Murphy don the iconic red headdress, ended its run at Broadway's Shubert Theatre August 25.