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CLOG Presents The Legendary Broadway Hit "Hello, Dolly!"
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Oct. 23, 2012 6:16 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 24, 2012 7:33 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It is one of the signature Broadway works of the last 50 years. When it debuted in 1964, "Hello, Dolly!" captured nine Tony awards, including best musical.
"It's a timeless musical that a lot of young people probably don't know," said Debbie Spradling who plays the meddling matchmaker Dolly Levi. "Classic music, and so this is a great opportunity for them to see it."
The adventures of the late 19th-century matchmaker have entertained audiences for decades. This is the third time the Charleston Light Opera Guild has tackled the all-time favorite. The first was in 1969, the second 15 years ago.
"I've done a lot of shows and I tend to like, I think, the classics better and I think there's a reason people have loved this show for fifty years," said Lindsey Duvall, who portrays Minnie Fay. "It's just a wonderful classic musical-comedy and it has extra meaning for me because this is my mom's favorite show and so she's really excited."
This version of "Hello, Dolly!" features all of the familiar and classic songs and is presented on a national touring set that was hauled to the capital city on three tractor trailers.
'The Clay Center is absolutely fantastic," said Tim Vandergelder, who plays the object of Dolly's affections Horace Vandergelder. "It's such a huge stage. Looking out at the audience from this stage, it's just thrilling. You know, it allows us to have such huge sets brought in and it makes a much bigger difference in the production to have these huge sets and the lighting. Just makes for an overall great theatrical experience."
Presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center For the Arts & Sciences
The Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center
October 26th, 27th at 7:30 pm
November 2nd, 3rd at 7:30 pm
October 28th and November 4th at 2:00 pm
Tickets: $20 and $15 All Seats Reserved
For more information go to www.theclaycenter.org
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