Carolee Carmello Will Star in HELLO, DOLLY! on Tour
Hello, Carolee Carmello! BroadwayWorld has just learned that the beloved, three-time Tony nominee will be the next star to headline the touring production of the Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY! - taking over for two-time Tony winner Betty Buckley following her departure from the show!
Carmello will take over in the title role on September 24 in Kansas City.
Carmello earned her first Tony nomination, as well as a Drama Desk Award, for her portrayal of Lucille Frank in the original Broadway production of PARADE. She was subsequently nominated for her roles in LESTAT and SCANDALOUS as well. She also originated roles in the Broadway runs of CITY OF ANGELS, FALSETTOS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, FINDING NEVERLAND, and TUCK EVERLASTING.
Carmello also has been seen assuming leading roles in the 1997 revival of "1776," THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, the 1999 revival of KISS ME, KATE, URINETOWN, MAMMA MIA!, and SISTER ACT. Other notable credits include Michael John LaChuisa's musical HELLO AGAIN, SWEENEY TODD, ELEGIES, and much more.
Led by four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the entire creative team of the recent Broadway production has returned to recreate their work for the national tour of HELLO, DOLLY!
The national tour, starring Betty Buckley, began performances on Broadway on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on April 20, 2017. Having broken the record for best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history, the box office record at the Shubert Theatre twelve times, and shattering The Shubert Organization's all-time record ten times, the production ended its historic Broadway run on August 25, 2018.
A complete list of cities and dates for the national tour of HELLO, DOLLY! can be found at www.hellodollyonbroadway.com
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