Cecilians return with classic Broadway musical Hello Dolly

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE IMMENSELY popular Cecilian Musical Society return to a stage near you this November with the spectacular Broadway classic Hello Dolly.

THE IMMENSELY popular Cecilian Musical Society return to a stage near you this November with the spectacular Broadway classic Hello Dolly.

On the back of the sell-out production of The Wiz last year, the award winning Cecilians return to the University Concert Hall this month with the classic musical, first produced on Broadway in 1964.

As ever, the show boasts a whole host of local talent, including Jean McGlynn - who recently wowed audiences in her one woman show Lily in the Belltable - in the title role of Dolly.

Originally from Caherdavin, McGlynn trained in the UK and appeared on the West End in a variety of productions, such as South Pacific, Oliver, Beautiful Game and Les Miserables.

Joining McGlynn among the principal roles are Martin McNeilus - playing the role of Horace Vandergelde - Brian Henry, who has a long-standing involvement with the Cecilians - Mikey O’ Gorman playing Barnaby, Gráinne Hartnett who plays Mrs. Molloy and Kim Burke, who last year took to the stage in the lead role of Dorothy in The Wiz.

Set in New York, the story revolves around a meddling matchmaker named Dolly Levi. She is engaged in looking for a woman for the grumpy, half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, although it becomes apparent she has her sights set on him herself.

The show has enjoyed three Broadway revivals and was adapted as a film in 1969, starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau and picking up seven Academy Awards.

Boasting wonderful characters, memorable songs and elegant dance numbers, the Cecilians say that “beautiful costuming and spectacular lighting and staging will bring the whole experience to life”.

Des Henn and Barbara Meany return as producer and choreographer respectively for the fourth year, with Noel Lennon as musical director.

The society will hold a fundraising table quiz in Collins’ Bar, Dooradoyle on Monday November 7. Hello Dolly takes place in the UCH from November 24-26.