Hello, Dolly! - Premiere on 13 May
On 13 May, the Harag György Company of the Northern Theater of Satu Mare is scheduled to present the musical Hello, Dolly, directed by Sorin Militaru.
The production is based on the American Broadway musical and the romantic comedy film of the same name. The film won an Academy Award in 1970 for its visuals and soundtrack. In addition to its entertaining story, the film's lasting value lies in the great performances of the main characters, Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau, and the epic role of Louis Armstrong, who sang the title song.
The rehearsal process is well underway, with the set and costume designs approved and the cast having already gone through a number of rehearsals, including singing and dancing. The choreographer-assistant Franciska Szabó has been preparing the dance rehearsals with the members of the dance company for months, and Johanna Bodor, Zoltán Imre Prize-winning Hungarian choreographer, born in Cluj-Napoca and a perpetual member of the Company of Immortals, will continue to lead them.
"Hello, Dolly! is an ambitious undertaking, and by the standards of the Harag György Company it will be a true super-production, the likes of which our theater has perhaps never seen before. The production and its preparation are being worked on by a crew of unprecedented size, with a cast that includes almost the entire company, a large dance company and extras, and one of its greatest strengths is its musicality. A worthy rendition of the musical would be unthinkable without the great orchestra of the Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic - who will be the mainstay of the production, thanks to the management of the institution and our increasingly active partnership in recent times. We are proud to work with them! The company, with its excellent musicians, dance troupe and extras made up of our volunteers, will often have up to half a hundred artists on stage at the same time, which is no small challenge for the creative team. The logistics of putting this production together and organizing it is a major challenge, proving that in the theater, the 'light' productions are sometimes the most difficult and complex. Let's hope that the work of this team of people will result in a real theatrical delicacy, an excellent musical production, to the delight of the Satu Mare audience, who are well-known fans of musical genres!" - Says István Bessenyei Gedő, the director of the Harag György Company.
New York, 1890. Mrs. Dolly Levi is a pretty young widow. She and her husband had an ideal love life, and since his death she has been lonely. She lives by matchmaking and a sort of "I can help you with anything" service. One of his clients is a difficult, grumpy Yonkers produce merchant, Horace Vandergelder, who has already found a match in Irene Molloy, the owner of a ladies' hat shop. But by marrying, Horace is looking for a servant rather than love. Dolly decides it's time to end her loneliness, and after some training, Horace will be her ideal husband. She devises a cunning plan whereby everyone finds their perfect match.
The actors in the show: Rappert-Vencz Stella, Rappert-Vencz Gábor, Bodea Gál Tibor, Szabó János Szilárd, Kovács Nikolett, Keresztes Ágnes, Poszet Nándor, Laczkó Tekla, László Zita, Péter Attila Zsolt, Bándi Johanna, Bogár Barbara, Budizsa Evelyn, Orbán Zsolt, Sándor Varga, as well as volunteers of the Harag György Company. In the dance troupe: Szabina Báthori, Lehel Blaga, Máté Erdei, Denisa Graz, Márk Horváth, Vivien Major, Ágota Mali, Daniel Pop, Riana Sabau, Erik Andreas Vonház and Ingrid Vonház. With the participation of the Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic Orchestra.
The production is directed by Sorin Militaru, choreographed by Johanna Bodor, set and costume designer Cristian Marin inv., musical director Ovidiu Iloc inv., assistant designer Anna Szabó, assistant choreographer Franciska Szabó, assistant director Ádám Balogh, and stage supervisor and whisperer Ritta Szabó.
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