By Patty Montagno
Audiences will be tapping their toes and dancing in the aisles July 21- 30 when the Garland Summer Musicals presents the sensational Broadway and multiple Tony award winning spectacular, “Hello Dolly” starring Patty Granville as Dolly Levi and James Williams as Horace Vendergelder.
The musical extravaganza features many cast and crewmembers from the area. Wylie resident Buff Shurr will direct the play and Granville is the producer. Sachse High School graduate Tommy Nguyen is credited as a master set builder and the master carpenter is Sachse resident Josh Hensley.
The story opens in 1890 when Dolly Levi, a widowed New York City Jewish matchmaker, is summoned to the Yonkers home of Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy grain merchant whom she would like to marry.
Vandergelder wants Dolly to take his niece, Ermengarde, to New York city, so the girl “will be protected from the attentions of Ambrose Kemper,” a poor, young artist. During the meeting, Vandergelder reveals to Dolly his intention to marry Irene Molloy, a pretty New York hat maker. That announcement inspires Dolly to devise a plan to keep Horace for herself.
Granville, who has played Dolly four times in the 35- year history of the GSM said that Dolly Levi is one of her “all-time favorite characters.”
“This show has it all,” she said. “Great music, show stopping choreography, amazing sets, costumes and really above superior talent. I have always been a matchmaker at heart. Making people happy makes me happy.”
GSM produces two Broadway musical classics at the Granville Arts Center in downtown Garland, to over 6,500 patrons each season.
Board Chairman Stan Luckie said the board unanimously selected Hello Dolly for the second show of the 2017 season.
(For the full story see the July 20 issue and the e-Edition at https://www.etypeservices.com/Sachse%20NewsID248/default.aspx