“Hello Dolly!” tells the story of Dolly Levi, a professional meddler with a special flair for matchmaking. She has set her hat on Horace Vandergelder. Horace is Yonker’s richest and grouchiest half-a-millionaire. Dolly’s charming maneuverings bring Horace’s clerks, Cornelius Hackel and Barnaby Tucker, to New York City where they meet and fall in love with a young widowed hatmaker Irene Molly and her assistant Minnie Faye. Off on a whirlwind race around New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, all converge at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, where, after much confusion and dancing waiters, Dolly puts her hand in and there are multiple happy endings for everyone.
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thorton Wilder
In an effort to woo back season ticket holders, Community Players offered a “G” rated season. President Jack Ingold reported that the season included a musical for the whole family, a mystery, and two comedies. The shows for the season were devoid of off-color material and were not too ‘deep’ in meaning. The cost of a season ticket was $8.00, and single admission tickets were $2.50. By the end of the run of “Hello Dolly!'” season membership stood at 1,919 and 1,227 single admission tickets had been sold.