Irene Malone to play lead role in Musical Society’s production of “Hello Dolly”

Irene Malone receiving an AIMS award for her performance in "Evita" last year. She will play the lead role in "Hello Dolly" in March.
Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society has announced the main cast members of its annual musical ‘Hello, Dolly’, which will be staged at the Strand Theatre in March.

Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society has announced the main cast members of its annual musical ‘Hello, Dolly’, which will be staged at the Strand Theatre in March.

Auditions for the show took place on December 16 and the lead role of Dolly Levi will be played by Irene Malone, who won an AIMS award last year for her portrayal of Eva Peron in Evita.

Fergus Power will be Horace Vandergelder, Ray Nolan will play
Cornelius Hackl, Caolan Deehy-Power plays Barnaby Tucker while Irene Malloy takes on the role of Marie Kelly.

Kat Sheehan will play Minnie Fay, James Dowley steps into the role of Ambrose Kemper and Cliodhna Nagle plays Ermengarde. Other cast members include Alan Hearne as Rudolph, Fiona Hennessy as Ernestina and Seamus Power. Hello Dolly was first produced on Broadway in St. James Theatre in January 1964 and closed in December 1970 after 2844 performances. It was one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history.

The show was produced by David Merrick and was directed and choreographed by Glower Champion. London’s first West End production began in late 1965 and ran for 794 performances.

This musical follows the high life of middle-aged widow Dolly Levi, who wants to embrace life again.

She becomes a match maker and meddler in people’s lives at the turn of the 20th century in New York.