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‘Hello Dolly’ casting announced for Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre co-production

Well, hello Nancy!

Carol Channing acknowledges the applause during the opening night curtain call for the Broadway revival of "Hello Dolly!" in New York Thursday, Oct. 19, 1995. Channing won the Tony Award and made the role her own after premiering the musical on Broadway in 1964. (AUBREY REUBEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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.”

Peter Marks joined the Washington Post as its chief theater critic in 2002. Prior to that he worked for nine years at the New York Times, on the culture, metropolitan and national desks, and spent about four years as its off-Broadway drama critic.

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