Well, hello Nancy!
Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre, co-producers of a revival next March of the Jerry Herman hit musical from the ’60s, “Hello, Dolly!”, say they have found their Dolly Levi. It’s veteran Broadway actress Nancy Opel who’s been cast as the meddling matchmaker from Yonkers, a part originated on Broadway by Carol Channing and subsequently played on stage and film by, among others, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand.
The production, to be directed by Signature’s Eric Schaeffer and run at Ford’s from March 15-May 18, will also feature Washington acting heavyweight Edward Gero as Horace Vandergelder, the Yonkers merchant whom Dolly pursues. Other casting of the large-cast musical will be announced at a later date.
Opel is an experienced musical comedy actress, best known for her Tony-nominated performance as Penelope Pennywise in the satirical hit “Urinetown.” She’s also appeared on Broadway in “Memphis,” “Anything Goes” and “Sunday in the Park With George.” Gero recently starred as Mark Rothko in Arena Stage’s production of “Red” and for the past few holiday seasons played Scrooge in Ford’s Theatre’s annual “A Christmas Carol.”