Carolee Carmello Leading the Hello, Dolly! National Tour
Nearly all theatregoers are familiar with Dolly Gallagher Levi – and her iconic red headdress. On September 25, 2019, at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Carolee Carmello deservedly assumed the lead role of Dolly.
In the ongoing national tour of Jerry Zak’s revival of Hello, Dolly!, three-time Tony nominee Carmello took over the mantle of Dolly from Tony winner, Betty Buckley. The original cast of the revived traveling production also included the outstanding talents of Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters, and Bette Midler.
If you’re a devoted follower of everything Broadway, then you’re aware that Carmello is not new to the stage. In fact, her prowess has earned her Tony-nominations for her role in Parade, Lestat, and Scandalous. The celebrated actress has an expansive resume with castings in City of Angels, Falsettos, 1776, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kate, Kiss Me, Urinetown, Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, Tuck Everlasting, The Addams Family, and Finding Neverland.
Aside from Carmello, the ongoing national tour also stars Analisa Leaming (Irene Molloy), Blake Hammond (Rudolph), Jane Brockman (Ernestina), Laura Sky Herman (Ermengarde), Colin LeMoine (Ambrose Kemper), John Bolton (Horace Vandergelder), Chelsea Cree Groen (Minnie Fay), Sean Burns (Barnaby Tucker), Daniel Beeman (Cornelius Hackl), Brandon L. Whitmore, Davis Wayne, Cayel Tregeagle, Cassie Austin Taylor, Maria Cristina Slye, Timothy Shew, Scott Shedenhelm, Kyle Samuel, Colin Bradbury, Steffany Pratt, Ian Liberto, Julie Kavanagh, Nathan Keen, Alec Cohen, Hillary Porter, Karen Elliott, Marty Lauter, Christopher Faison, Ben Lanham, Madison Johnson, Laura Irion, Julian DeGuzman, and Jenny Hickman.
The creative team that’s tasked with the responsibility of bringing all these together include Warren Carlyle (choreographer), Santo Loquasto (set and costume designer), Natasha Katz (lighting designer), Scott Lehrer (sound designer,) Andy Einhorn (music supervisor), Larry Hochman (orchestrator), Don Pippin (vocal arranger), David Chase (dance arranger), and Telsey + Company (casting).