LIMA — The pomp and grandeur of the glory days of Broadway is coming to Lima this Sunday.
Sally Struthers, known for her role in the 1970s sitcom, “All in the Family,” is headlining the 50th Anniversary Tour of “Hello, Dolly!,” making a stop in Lima as part of its 70-city tour. Cynthia Wood, chief executive officer of Veterans Memorial Civic Center, is excited about the reviews coming out about this production.
“The reviews on this particular tour have come out very favorable for Sally Struthers,” she said. “She’s come across as a very personable actress, and she connects with the audience.”
While many new Broadway musicals have appeared over the years, musicals like “Hello, Dolly!” continue to have staying power for audiences.
“There’s nothing like the classic draw of a great story told on a stage setting,” Wood said. “This has won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The story is a funny, light story. You’re going to get a lot of pagentry and the old time musical feeling with the singing and dancing. What people don’t know is that while we’re not getting first-run shows, these are still New York based national talent as far as the dancers and singers. These are highly trained folks. So Sally Struthers is starring in the show, but all the cast is also highly talented. This isn’t a second-rate performance.”
Unlike some more modern musicals aimed to mature audiences, “Hello Dolly!” promises to be fun for the entire family.
“This is very family friendly,” Wood said. “These are the types of shows that are action-packed, vivacious and energetic that keep people enthralled. It’ll keep the family engaged. It’s not full-blown opera. It’s a great introduction to live theater.”
Tickets are still available at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center box office or at www.limaciviccenter.com.