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Struthers Stars in Hello, Dolly! at OK's Lyric Theatre, July 5-9

Two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning Sally Struthers will take the stage as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! from July 5th to 9th at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma's only professional musical theatre company.

Best known for her role as Gloria Stivic, the daughter of Archie Bunker in the groundbreaking series "All in the Family," Struthers has also enjoyed Broadway successes in Wally's Café, the female version of The Odd Couple, and Grease.  In the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Annie, Struthers played Miss Hannigan, and was recently named Best Actress/2004 by the Los Angeles Artistic Director Theatre Awards for her role as Louise Seger in the musical Always, Patsy Cline. She also won the 2003 Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Agnes Gooch in the Los Angeles production of Mame. Currently, Struthers has recurring roles on both the WB's highly acclaimed "Gilmore Girls," and CBS' "Still Standing."

Struthers will be joined in Hello, Dolly! by John O'Creagh, who will play Horace Vandergelder.  O'Creagh most recently performed the role of Doumergue in The Baker's Wife at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

With its lively score by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! originally starred Carol Channing in a Tony-winning performance.  The show is based on Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker and concerns the exploits of the widowed title character, who intervenes in the romantic lives of others before finally being able to allow herself one as well. Hello, Dolly!, which ran for 2,844 performances at the St. James Theatre, won the 1964 Tony for Best Musical, in addition to nine others.

The Lyric's 2005 season also features Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar from June 21st to 25th. A recent graduate of Cincinnati?s College-Conservatory of Music, Doug Barton will make his Lyric debut as Jesus of Nazareth, and established Broadway performers Gilles Chiasson (La Boheme, The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Rent) and Coleen Sexton (Jekyll & Hyde) will star as Judas and Mary Magdalene.

From July 19th to the 23rd, the Lyric will present the Oklahoma City premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice's AidaMontego Glover (Dreamgirls 20th anniversary concert, IRNE nominee for Memphis, IRNE Award for Aida at North Shore Music Theatre) will take on the title role, while Doug Barton will return to the Lyric stage as Radames, and Oklahoma City native Regina Dowling will portray Princess Amneris.  

Lyric Theatre will conclude the 2005 season with the ebullient sounds of Louis Jordan in the jazzy musical revue Five Guys Named Moe from August 2nd to 6th.  Five Guys will feature seasoned performers E. Clayton Cornelious, Gerry McIntyre, Arthur Marks, and Wayne Pretlow.

Both single and season tickets can be purchased by calling (405) 524-9312 or visiting www.lyrictheatreokc.com.  

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