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Photo by Bryan Nelson

Photo by Bryan Nelson

Photo by Bryan Nelson

performance dates - November 9-17, 2018

mtp lifetime achievement award - honouring anne cuthbert, wed nov 14

MCMANUS STAGE (THE GRAND THEATRE), 471 richmond st

Musical Theatre Productions opens its 30th anniversary season with a Broadway classic, as everyone’s favourite matchmaker Dolly Levi comes to London in HELLO, DOLLY!  This blockbuster musical bursts with humor, romance, and high-energy dancing. Winning 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical in its original run, HELLO, DOLLY! has been revived on Broadway numerous times featuring Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, and most recently Bette Midler.

In 1890, Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” travels to Yonkers, home of Horace Vandergelder, the famed “half-a-millionaire”, who has engaged Dolly to keep his niece, Ermengarde, away from the advances of the young artist, Ambrose Kemper, and to aid in Horace’s marriage proposal to Irene Molloy, a New York milliner. Dolly, however, has eyes on Horace for herself.  Meanwhile, Cornelius and Barnaby, Horace’s bright-eyed clerks, venture to New York themselves, only to fall for Irene and her assistant, Minnie Fay.  The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again as she attempts to lead all of the young lovers to a happy ending while snaring a husband for herself.

Featuring some of the greatest songs in Broadway history like "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", “Ribbons Down My Back”. “Hello, Dolly!” and "Before the Parade Passes By", this Golden Age musical with a score by Jerry Herman comes to the McManus Stage at the Grand Theatre like you have never seen it before - in the round - fully immersing the audience in all of the music and mayhem!  HELLO, DOLLY! plays November 9-17, 2018 launching MTP’s 30th anniversary celebration. 

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Subscription packages for MTP’s 2018-2019 season are available including HELLO, DOLLY!, THE WEDDING SINGER and the dinner and show package of SHOW OFF: 30 Years of Musical Theatre for only $95!
 

ARTISTIC TEAM

Producer & Choreographer: Laura Wood
Director: Rick Smith
Music Director: Ben Leibovitz
Stage Manager: Cassandra DiFelice
Costume Designer: Becky Lenko
Set Designer: Joe Recchia
Lighting Designer: Karen Crichton

CAST

We are thrilled to announce that Anne Cuthbert will be the next recipient of MTP’s annual Lifetime Membership honour. Each year, the MTP board selects one or two individuals whose support of MTP and contributions to the London community at large deserve recognition. Previous recipients of the award include Art Fidler, Liz Van Doorne, Stephen and Deborah Mitchell, Chris Wood, and Kevin Bice.

Anne Cuthbert is a driven theatre artist, and a long-time member of the Musical Theatre Productions family. Anne has been a part of London Musical Theatre (now Musical Theatre Productions) from the beginning, setting up lights for our inaugural production of Evita in 1988. Over the years, Anne has served with numerous MTP productions as a stage manager for such shows as The Music Man (1990), South Pacific (1991), Little Shop of Horrors (2008), Nunsense (2009), Bye Bye Birdie (2011) and Songs for a New World (2014). Anne also worked as backstage, technical and lighting crew for numerous productions including Broadway to the Max (1992), Anything Goes (2007) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2012). We even managed to get Anne onstage as a performer in our 1994 Production of The Pajama Game. Whether it is sitting behind a followspot, or in the booth or at the stage management table in rehearsal, Anne is a staple of the London theatre community having worked with a wide range of local companies including London Community Players, Original Kids Theatre Company, Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Fountainhead Theatre, Theatre Soup and even currently with Calithumpian Theatre Company as stage manager for their production of Hir directed by our next Lifetime Membership Award recipient and founder of London Musical Theatre, John Gerry.

Join us on Wednesday November 14 on the McManus Stage – The Grand Theatre, for a special honouring of Anne Cuthbert, at the evening performance of Hello Dolly! After the show, join us for a reception in her honour as well as that of the talented cast and crew of this remarkable production.

Bronwyn Powell as Dolly Levi
Don Craig as Horace Vandergelder
Elle Hounse as Irene Molly
AJ MacDonald as Cornelius Hackl
Mandee Branisa as Minnie Fay
Connor Boa as Barnaby Tucker
Jesslyn Hodgson as Ermengarde
Steve Morrow as Ambrose Kemper
Susan McKone as Ernestina Money
Matthew J. Stewart as Rudolph Reisenweber

The perfect date night hosted by Mrs. Dolly Levi! Join us for a special evening with your perfect match including a fabulous musical, a photo booth, delicious treats provided by Forrat's Chocolate Lounge, and more fun surprises! Plus fun door prizes of gift certificates to your favourite London downtown restaurants including Garlics, Marienbad / Chaucer's Pub, Waldo's, The Works, Under the Volcano, David's Bistro, Villa Cornellia, The Pub on Richmond, Wink's Eatery, Tobaggan Brewing Co., Che, and more! Dress up in your Sunday clothes and join us for HELLO DOLLY's Matchmaker Night!

Ensemble:
Joel Bradford
Ethan Butler
Joel Dell
Hannah Goldberg
Carolyn Hall
Quentin Hall
Andrew Ingebertson
Diegra Kambamba
Kathie Kelly
Meg Buchanan Lunn
Lucas McHugh
Madelaine Menegoni
Steph Molloy
Zabrina Richards
George McLeary

 





reviews & interviews

What’s Up London with Lynn Davis (Rogers TV, interview starts at 8:40)

London Free Press - Local company tackles Hello Dolly! on McManus Stage


Cast and Production Team photos by Ross Davidson