Beloved tale of matchmaking up next from The Naples Players
Two pairs of lovers dance in “Hello, Dolly!” At left, James Little and Jane Armstrong, and at right, Laura Needle and Jake Hanson flank a beaming Debi Guthery as Dolly. A beloved classic and winner of 10 Tony Awards, “Hello, Dolly!” comes to the Sugden Community Theatre, home of The Naples Players, Feb. 29-March 31.
First produced on Broadway in 1964 and with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the show follows the adventures of Dolly Levi, America’s most beloved matchmaker. At the turn of the 20th century, Dolly is hired to arrange a marriage for miserly, half-millionaire Horance Vandergelder and finds the perfect match: herself.
Galloping waiters and musical favorites like “It Only Takes a Moment” and “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” take audi ences back to an era of corsets and garters with memorable song, dazzling dance and a whole lot of slapstick.
Debi Guthrey performs the title role of “Hello, Dolly!” The Naples Players’ adaptation is directed by Dallas Dunnagan with musical direction by Charles Fornara and choreography by Dawn Lebrecht Fornara. Debi Guthrey, most recently seen with the Players as Miss Hannigan in “Annie” and in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “42nd Street,” stars as Dolly. ¦
>>Who: The Naples Players
>>When: Feb. 29-March 31, with shows at 8
p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday
>>Where: The Sugden Community Theatre
>>Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for ages 18 and
>>Info: 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.