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Matthews Playhouse Announces Pay-What-You-Can Performance for ‘Hello, Dolly!”



Pay-What-You-Can Performance of the Timeless Broadway Classic, ‘Hello, Dolly!” Will Be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27th (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.) A Portion of the Proceeds Will Benefit Matthews Help Center.


(Matthews, NC)—As part of its mission to make the performing arts more accessible to the community, Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts is proud to offer a Pay-What-You-Can performance of the blockbuster Broadway hit, Hello, Dolly!, on Thursday, July 27, 2023. Not only does this Pay-What-You-Can performance make theatre more accessible to the local community, Matthews Playhouse will donate a large portion of the proceeds to Matthews Help Center, a local non-profit that provides short-term crisis assistance to the Greater Matthews community.


“Our ‘Pay-What-You-Can Performances’ are our gift back to the community that has given us so much through the years”, says Matthews Playhouse Executive Director, Sarah Baumgardner. “It’s a great opportunity to take family and friends to a high-quality production that, in my opinion, rivals most professional touring companies that come to our region for a very affordable price.”

The beloved Tony Award winning musical transports audiences to the late nineteenth-century Yonkers, NY with captivating performances and unforgettable musical numbers accompanied by live musicians and dazzling choreography worthy of any Broadway stage. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first come/first serve is based on availability. Audience members should arrive early as seating is based on availability and advanced reservations will not be taken. A suggested donation of $10 per person will be collected at the door (regular ticket prices are between $18-$26) but the amount of the donation is up to the audience member, whether it's $5, $10, $20 or more. ​Cash and credit cards will be accepted, if you plan to pay with cash, please be prepared with exact change.

Hello, Dolly! has been widely praised by critics since its original Broadway debut and has received numerous awards over the years, including ten Tony Awards for the original production and additional awards for subsequent revivals. NBC New York describes Hello, Dolly! “as blissful an escape as anyone could want” while Variety describes the show as “the quintessential Broadway musical, the kind of audience-pleaser that will never go out of fashion.”

'Hello, Dolly!' Who: Directed by June Bayless. Choreography by Ron Chisholm and Music Direction by Ellen Robison. Book by Michael Stewart, based on "The Matchmaker," by Thornton Wilder. Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.

When: Opening July 14, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. on Fri., 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. through July 30th. There is a Pay-What-You-Can Performance benefitting Matthews Help Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27th.


Where: Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts ●100 East McDowell Street ● Matthews, NC


Visit www.matthewsplayhouse.com/hello-dolly to learn more about the show.



About the Matthews Playhouse

The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts is a community based non-profit theatre committed to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families by inviting them to participate

in the world of performing arts and education. We commit to this mission by ensuring the excellence of our cultural programs for the participation and enjoyment of the people in our community.


About the Matthews Help Center

The mission of Matthews HELP Center, located in the historic Clark House near downtown Matthews, is to provide short-term crisis assistance to the local community. The non-profit organization provides Food Assistance, Clothing and Transportation Assistance to those who qualify. Matthews HELP Center is supported annually through sales in our Backporch Treasures Thrift Boutique and the generosity of individuals, families, foundations, area churches and businesses.


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