Champlin resident stars in Lyric Arts’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Champlin resident Curtis Burton will take to the stage at Lyric Arts once again this weekend. This time Burton, who has appeared in numerous shows at Lyric Arts over the years, will star as Horace Vandergelder in the theatre’s production of “Hello, Dolly!”LyricDolly

It’s the beginning of the 20th century in New York, and matchmaking extraordinaire Dolly Gallagher Levi is looking for a husband — and not just any husband. This queen of mischief has her eye on the miserly half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. However, when she is hired to find him a wife, she must do everything she can to win the heart of her unsuspecting “husband-to-be” before he gets hitched to someone else.

With beloved songs like Before the Parade, It Only Takes a Moment, and Hello, Dolly, this show whisks Dolly and Horace around New York on a whirlwind into the hearts of audiences of all ages.

“This show has stood the test of time not only because of the fantastic music, well-placed humor and happy ending but also because it celebrates the strength of women,” said director Barb Hynes-Tomczyk. “Dolly is strong, feisty, and makes her own destiny, and I believe that determination is something that appeals to every generation.”

Previously directing “A Laura Ingall’s Christmas,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and last season’s “Over the Tavern,” Hynes-Tomczyk is no stranger to the Lyric Arts community.

“I’m excited to have been asked to bring such a beloved musical to the northern suburbs, and couldn’t be more pleased with the cast and crew who have been an integral part of helping me bring this show to life,” she said.


If you go…

“Hello, Dolly!” opens Feb.15 and runs through March 17. Tickets for the production and reservations can be made by calling the box office at 763-422-1838 or by visiting the Lyric Arts website at

Patrons interested in expanding their night at the theater are invited to celebrate the opening of “Hello, Dolly!” by attending Lyric Arts’ exclusive “Opening Night Gala” on Friday, Feb. 15. For an additional $18 over the price of a ticket, Gala attendees will be treated to heavy appetizers and bottomless drinks before the show, a V.I.P. line during intermission, and dessert afterwards with the cast and crew.

Theater enthusiasts are also welcome to join in a talk-back question and answer session with the “Hello, Dolly!” cast and crew on Saturday, Feb. 24. Talk-back sessions are offered for every show on the third Sunday of the run. All talk-back events take place after the show and are open to the public. For reservations, contact Alison Hall at 763-433-2510, ext. 101 or [email protected]


Contact Mindy Mateuszczyk at [email protected]