press release

For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2006

Emmy-Award winner and Ogunquit Playhouse favorite, Sally Struthers returns to the historic Maine stage starring in the classic Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!. Complete with the spectacular original Broadway sets and stunning costumes, Ms. Struthers reprises the role of matchmaker extraordinaire Dolly Gallagher Levi, having played the part at the Bloomington Civic Theater in Minnesota and the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City.

Hello, Dolly! recounts the tale of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a refined matchmaker who has been hired to arrange yet another marriage in 1890s New York. But this time, she’s in business for herself. Employing a host of other talents—like corset re-boning, ear piercing, and dance instructing—Dolly attempts to win over her unsuspecting husband-to-be. This is an irresistible story about the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage—Dolly Gallagher Levi. Winner of 10 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Hello, Dolly! is the show-stopping “perfect match” for every musical fan.

Best known to television audiences as a member of the dysfunctional family quartet in the milestone sitcom “All in the Family,” Ms. Struthers received two Emmy awards for her performance as daughter Gloria Bunker-Stivic. In addition to her work in the beloved ‘70s comedy, Ms. Struthers has a host of theatrical appearances to her credit. Today, she has a new legion of television fans that know her for her recurring role on the critically acclaimed “Gilmore Girls.” Ms. Struthers has become a favorite among Seacoast audiences, having performed at the Ogunquit Playhouse for three seasons now in their productions of Always…Patsy Cline (2004) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2005).

Tickets are selling quickly—all regular weekday matinees completely sold-out and three additional matinees have just been scheduled. Hello, Dolly! opens at the Ogunquit Playhouse Tuesday, July 25 and runs through Saturday, August 5. Performances are Monday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; matinees are Wednesday and Thursday at 2:30 pm. Additional matinees have been scheduled for Monday, July 31 (2:30 pm), Saturday, July 29 and August 5, both at 3:30 p.m. Tickets range from $36-$46 and can be purchased by calling the Ogunquit Playhouse box office at (207) 646-5511 or visiting the website at www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.