Indianapolis Symph Orch Performs Concert Stage Production of Hello, Dolly!
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will perform the world premiere of a new symphonic concert stage production of Jerry Herman's famous Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! starring versatile singer Sandi Patty as Dolly Levi and renowned Tony Award-winning actor Gary Beach as Horace Vandergelder in Printing Partners Pops Series concerts Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and Sunday, January 15, at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind.
Created by Maestro Everly (who was Music Director and conductor for the 1978 and 1995 revivals of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway) and Executive Producer Ty Johnson with concert stage adaptations and direction by David Levy, this new pops production will feature many of the timeless songs from the Broadway musical, including "It Takes A Woman," "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Motherhood March," "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes A Moment," "So Long. Dearie," and "Hello, Dolly," plus "Love is Only Love" from the film version of the musical. The show also will feature many elements from the original script plus lavish costuming, theatrical lighting and staging elements to create a stunning production that melds with worlds of symphonic pops and musical theater.
The cast includes many artists with Broadway and Off-Broadway credits, including Ben Crawford (Shrek the Musical, Les Misérables) as Cornelius, James T. Lane (The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago) as Barnaby, Laura Shoop (revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma) as Mrs. Malloy, and Christina Bianco (Raffi on Broadway, Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab) as Minnie Fay. Other cast members with numerous New York and national touring production credits are Gwendolyn Jones as Ernestina Money, and Robin Leigh Massey as Ermengarde. The production also features Matt Branic as Ambrose, Mark Gilgallon as Rudy and the ISO's own Event Coordinator, Frances Heavrin, as Mrs. Rose.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. concert prices from $20-$85. Tickets to the Sunday 7:30 p.m. concert at The Palladium range from $30-$85 for adults with $20 student tickets available. The Friday morning Coffee Pops program is sold out. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows may be ordered by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300, or online at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org. To purchase Sunday evening tickets, call the Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (317) 843-3800, or order on line at www.TheCenterForThePerformingArts.com
Printing Partners is the Title Sponsor for the entire 2010-2011 Printing Partners Pops Series season and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP is the Premiere Sponsor for the Pops Series. Associate Sponsors for this weekend are Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Stratford and the Indiana Utilities Shareholders Association.
Jack Everly has served as Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and also serves in similar posts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS, which has a viewership of millions and a live audience of more than half a million on the lawn of our nation's Capitol. This season, he returns to The Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Detroit, Edmonton, Toronto, Carnegie Hall and many others. This past summer marked Jack Everly's Hollywood Bowl debut. Everly is the Music Director of Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, now a 26-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by more than 40,000 concertgoers. Mr. Everly led the ISO in its first Pops recording, Yuletide Celebration, Volume One, which included three of his own arrangements. Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored, including The Goodbye Girl, They're Playing Our Song and A Chorus Line. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly! in two separate Broadway productions.