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HELLO, DOLLY!

The magic of the legendary musical!
The Lido 2 Paris celebrates the 60th anniversary of Hello, Dolly!

Stephen Mear – Direction and Choreography

Peter McKintosh – Set and Costume Design

Presented in the original version (in English) and subtitled in French

Hello, Dolly! at Lido 2: An Unforgettable Evening Awaits You Starting November 7

The captivating story of Hello, Dolly!

Since 1964 and Carol Channing, countless major stars have played the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi. From Barbra Streisand in the movies to Bette Midler on Broadway, and from Bernadette Peters and Ethel Merman to Imelda Staunton in London and Annie Cordy in Paris, all have portrayed this determined matchmaker intent on finding a husband by any means necessary.

In Paris, it’s Caroline O’Connor, a legend of the international musical theater scene and previously applauded in “Sweeney Todd” at the Théâtre du Châtelet, who will be performing this role for the first time.

Featuring timeless hits, exuberant dance numbers, flamboyant costumes, and a peerless troupe, the new production by Stephen Mear (42nd Street at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Funny Girl at the Théâtre Marigny) promises to be the grandest musical comedy and the most festive show of 2024. Not to be missed.

“Hello, Dolly!” is a sparkling, heartfelt musical that tells the story of Dolly Levi, a resourceful and witty professional matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find the perfect match for the grumpy, wealthy bachelor Horace Vandergelder. In her quest to unite lonely hearts, Dolly devises a bold plan involving unexpected encounters, hilarious misunderstandings, and a series of comedic events. As she works to orchestrate love around her, Dolly realizes that her own chance at happiness might just be within reach. “Hello, Dolly!” takes you on a romantic adventure with its breathtaking musical numbers, elaborate choreography, and sumptuous costumes, making every scene more memorable than the last. This iconic production celebrates love, friendship, and the joy of living through moments of pure theatrical magic.

  • Stephen Mear – Direction and Choreography
  • Peter McKintosh – Set and Costume Design
  • Tim Mitchell – Lighting
  • Nigel Lilley – Musical Director
  • Unisson Design – Sound
  • Catherine Meurisse – Poster

The musical HELLO, DOLLY! is represented in France by Agence Drama – Paris (www.dramaparis.com)

*Presented in the original version (in English) and subtitled in French.

Stephen Mear Lido 2 Paris
Stephen Mear Lido 2 Paris

Stephen Mear – Director and Choreographer

Three-time Olivier Award winner – 2020/2005, Mary Poppins, Co-Choreographer with Sir Matthew Bourne received LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Helpmann Award and a nomination for a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. Also 2010 Hello, Dolly! at Regent’s Park.

 

Olivier Nominations include:Gypsy; Kiss Me, Kate; Crazy for You; Sweet Charity; Sinatra; Singin’ In The Rain and Soul Train.

 

Theatre credits:

National Theatre – The Witches, Anything Goes.

Marigny TheatreFunny Girl (Director/Choreographer), Guys and Dolls (Director/Choreographer).

Royal Albert Hall – Guys and Dolls Concert (Director/Choreographer), The Best of the West End (2021).

ENO – Chess, Sunset Boulevard (Broadway), On the Town.

Théâtre du Châtelet – 42nd Street (Director/Choreographer), Singin’ in the Rain (Grand Palais), On the Town.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre – La Cage Aux Folles, Gigi, Hello, Dolly!

Kilworth House – Top Hat (Director/Choreographer), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Director/Choreographer).

Donmar – City of Angels (Garrick), The Vote, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Curve White Christmas (Dominion), Scrooge the Musical.

Chichester Festival Theatre Mack and Mabel, The Pyjama Game, She Loves Me (Director/Choreographer), Amadeus, Music Man, Funny Girl, How to Succeed In Business, Putting it Together and The Grapes of Wrath.

Milwaukee Rep Guys and Dolls, Dreamgirls,Ragtime.

Broadway – Die Fledermaus, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Sunset Boulevard.

Other Theatre credits include: Old Friends – Tribute to Sondheim, Little Shop of Horrors (Director/Choreographer; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Stephen Ward; Betty Blue Eye; Shoes (Director/Choreographer); Me and My Girl; Acorn Antiques the Musical.

PETER McKINTOSH Lido 2 Paris
PETER McKINTOSH Lido 2 Paris

Peter McKintosh - Scenographer and Costume Designer

Peter is a Tony nominated and Olivier award winning Designer.

 

Theatre includes: Drop the Dead Donkey (UK Tour), The 39 Steps (London/ New York/ Worldwide – Tony nominations for Best Scenic and Best Costume Design); Sinatra (Birmingham Rep); South Pacific (Sadler’s Wells/ UK Tour); Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls(Marigny, Paris); 42nd Street (Chatelet, Paris), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic/ New York); A View from the Bridge, Orlando, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Wind in the Willows, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, My Night With Reg, Guys and Dolls, Hay Fever, Another Country, Noises Off, Relatively Speaking (West End), Our Country’s Good, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Widowers’ Houses, Honk! (National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland, Pericles, King John, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Brand (RSC); Trouble in Butetown, St Nicholas, Measure for Measure, The York Realist, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, My Night with Reg, The Chalk Garden, Luise Miller, John Gabriel Borkman  (Donmar Warehouse); The Turn of the Screw, Romance, The House of Games, Map of The Heart, Cloud Nine (Almeida); On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You (Olivier Award – Best Costume Design) Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air); 4000 Miles, South Pacific, Shadowlands, The Deep Blue Sea, Antony and Cleopatra, Another Country, Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Deep Blue, A View from the Bridge, The Lover and The Collection (Theatre Royal Bath); Cuckoo (Royal Court).

 

Opera includes: Hansel and Gretel (Regents Park), The Handmaid’s Tale (Royal Danish Opera/ ENO/ Canadian Opera), The Marriage of Figaro (ENO)

Nigel Lilley Lido 2 Paris
Nigel Lilley Lido 2 Paris

Nigel Lilley - Musical Director

Nigel trained at King’s College, London and the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the DipRam award. He was elected as an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013. He regularly teaches and co-wrote the book ‘Thank You – That’s All We Need For Today’ with vocal coach, Mary Hammond.

Credits as Musical Director: Opening Night (also Musical Supervisor); Newsies (also Musical Supervisor and Dance Arrangements) (Disney/Runaway); Oklahoma (Chichester Festival Theatre); Follies (NT, including Revival); Caroline, or Change (West End/Hampstead Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre); Fun Home (Young Vic); Follies (NT): The Go-Between (West End); Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); My Fair Lady; Company (Sheffield Crucible); Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air); Spring Awakening (European premiere/Lyric/Novello); La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Playhouse); Lauren Kennedy In Concert (Menier Chocolate Factory); Les Misérables (Conducting The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); Acorn Antiques (UK tour); The Last Session (UK premiere – Hackney Empire Studio); Putting It Together (Harrogate Theatre) and The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland).

 

Credits as Music Supervisor: Next to Normal, The Band’s Visit, Looking A Lot Like Christmas and Piaf (Donmar Warehouse/Vaudeville); The Witches (National Theatre); Rock Follies (also Arranger and Co-Orchestrator) (Chichester Festival Theatre); Caroline, or Change (Broadway); South Pacific (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour); Romantics Anonymous (Globe); Guys And Dolls; Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange); Chaplin The Musical (European tour); Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix); A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre); Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible/UK tour); That Day We Sang (Manchester Royal Exchange/ Manchester International Festival); Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre); The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Curve Leicester/West End); Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory).

 

Other credits include: A Celebration of Victoria Wood (Co-Composer, Hallé Orchestra) Sinatra At The London Palladium; Les Misérables (Denmark) and Maury Yeston’s December Songs (UK premiere-Greenwich Theatre).

 

Television includes: Gentleman Jack; Victoria; Our Friend Victoria; That Day We Sang; Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special; Up The Women; 2008 Royal Variety Performance and Musicality.

TIM MITCHELL Lido 2 Paris
TIM MITCHELL Lido 2 Paris

Tim Mitchell - Lighting Designer

Tim is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre, and a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

 

In 2015, he won a Knight of Illumination Award for Taken At Midnight (Chichester). He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (RSC), a Green Room Award for Singin’ in the Rain (Australia) and a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Lyceum). He also received a Nalieda Award for King Kong (Fugard Theatre) and, in 2018 and 2020, was nominated for Best Lighting Design at the Fleur Du Cap Awards for King Kong (Fugard Theatre) and Kinky Boots respectively.

 

Recent performances include Sister Act (West End and UK tour); Singin’ in the Rain (international tour); HMS Pinafore, The Force of Destiny, Fidelio, Iolanthe (ENO); Tosca, Tristan Und Isolde, Werther, La Gioconda, Otello, The Excursions of Mr Broucek (Grange Park Opera); L’Orfeo, Fairy Queen (Longborough Festival Opera); A Christmas Carol (RSC); Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Live, Upstart Crow (West End); The Play What I Wrote, The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep); She Loves You (& Aarhus), Atlantis (Tivoli); A Streetcar Named Desire (Orlando/ Nashville Ballet); Kinky Boots, West Side Story (Fugard Cape Town); Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls (Théatre Marigny, Paris); Margrethe Pressure (Royal Alexandra, Toronto).

 

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Unisson design Lido 2 Paris
Unisson design Lido 2 Paris

Unisson Design - Sound designer

Unisson Design is active in the field of sound reinforcement, proposing to redefine the issue of amplified sound and put it back at the heart of live performance.

 

Today, sound systems are often criticized in many musical and theatrical productions. Indeed, when it is not at the service of the artistic proposition, it stands in resistance, forming a fourth wall that creates a distance between the artist and the recipient: the spectator.

 

Conversely, when it is in its natural balance, it becomes a real reinforcement, an indisputable ally of the stage production. It’s this search for the right balance and the desire to accompany that drives our work.

 

Unisson Design is also an alliance of forces. Starting with two sound designers, Cyril AUCLAIR and Léonard FRANÇON, who draw on a network of excellence within the sound industry.

 

Backed by solid experience, acquired and proven over many years in contact with national and international productions, as well as increased knowledge of the field, this alliance continues to deliver results renowned for their quality.

 

Unisson Design recently worked on the following creations:

Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Lido 2 Paris

Zazie dans le Metro at the MCA.

Peau d’Ane, Funny Girl at Théâtre Marigny, Le Vol du Boli, 42nd Street at Théâtre du Chatelet or with Bartabas at Seine Musicale for Stravinsky’s Rite and Mozart’s Requiem.

DAVID GRINDROD Lido 2 Paris
DAVID GRINDROD Lido 2 Paris

David Grindrod for Grindrod and Burton - Casting director

Theatre credits include: Back to the Future The Musical, Grease, Elf, Time Traveller’s Wife, Into the Woods, Waitress, Only Fools & Horses, Magic Mike Live, Matilda (Adult casting), 42nd Street, Bat Out of Hell, 5 Guys Named Moe, Ghost, Our House (West End); Mamma Mia! (Worldwide); Mamma Mia! The Party; Sweet Charity (Donmar); Groundhog Day, Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Sinatra, Bhangra Nation (Birmingham Rep); Chicago, Shrek, Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mrs Henderson Presents, Fat Friends, The Commitments (UK Tour); Man of La Mancha, Chess, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, Kismet (English National Opera); Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly, Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, On the Town (BBC Proms/John Wilson); Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Oliver, Sweet Charity (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); My Fair Lady, Candide, 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain. Kiss Me Kate (Chatelet, Paris); The Beggars Opera (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris); Guys and Dolls, Funny Girl (Theatre Marigny, Paris); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Theatre de Lido, Paris).

 

For Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, Bombay Dreams, The Woman in White, The Sound of Music, Love Never Dies, The Wizard of Oz, Stephen Ward, School of Rock, Unmasked, Cinderella.

 

Film credits include: Musical Ensemble Casting: Matilda, Greatest Days, Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Mamma Mia!, UK Dancer Casting: Mary Poppins Returns, Nine; Casting Director: The Phantom of the Opera.

 

Television credits include: MAMMA MIA! I HAVE A DREAM (ITV), Sound of Music Live (2016 BAFTA Award), Superstar, Over the Rainbow, I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do, How To Solve A Problem Like Maria (2007 Emmy Award), Kombat Opera presents… (2008 Golden Rose Montreux Award) Hollyoaks, West End Star (TV3 Sweden).

 

Awards include: Casting Directors Guild Award for Best Musical Casting 2022 (Back to the Future The Musical).

David is proud to be Associate Artist at the Old Vic, Trustee of Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Trustee of Council of Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre, and Vice President of Arts Educational School.

 

GBC Casting Directors: Will Burton, Stephen Crockett.

GBC Casting Associate: Amy Beadel.

GBC Casting Coordinator: Will Burry.

https://www.grindrodandburton.co.uk/

Benjamin Mundy Lido 2 Paris
Benjamin Mundy Lido 2 Paris

Benjamin Mundy - Resident Director and Choreographer

Training: ArtsEd London

Creative: Resident Director of WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL (UK Tour)    Theatre: Ensemble and cover Abner Dillon and Pat Denning in 42ND STREET (UK Tour & Toronto), Tommy, Dance Captain and cover Narrator in THE BOOK THIEF (Octagon Theatre), Coricopat cover Mungo, Skimble, Alonzo and Macavity in CATS (Taiwan), Ed Sullivan, cover Phil Davis and Mike in WHITE CHRISTMAS (UK tour), Ensemble in BEST OF WEST END (Royal Albert Hall) Swing, Dance Captain and Understudy Aaron and Bobby in CURTAINS (West End, Wyndham’s Theatre and UK Tour), Ensemble and Dance Captain in THE PRODUCERS (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Ensemble and Dance Captain in IOLANTHE (UK Tour), Pollux and Dance Captain in ORPHEUS THE MYTHICAL (The Other Palace), Swing & Assistant Dance Captain in ANNIE (West End, Piccadilly Theatre), Eugene Florczyk in GREASE (for Curve, Dubai), Bert Healy and Dance Captain in ANNIE (South Africa), Swing in ANNIE (UK & European Tour), Coricopat in CATS (West End Revival, London Palladium), Coricopat & Understudy Rum Tum Tugger CATS (UK & International Tour)

Concerts: Ensemble in THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (Sondheim Theatre), Ensemble in TO GILLIE WITH LOVE (Gillian Lynne Theatre), THE OLIVIER AWARDS in both 2013 & 2014 (The Royal Opera House, London), Ensemble for KERRY ELLIS IN CONCERT (London Palladium)     TV: THE MR SWALLOW SHOW (Channel 4), SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM (ITV)

Workshops: Band Member in THE BAND (Later GREATEST DAYS), Bad Noos and later, Leo in FLOATIN’ THE BLUE (Watford Palace Theatre and later, ATG)

Jo Morris Lido 2 Paris
Jo Morris Lido 2 Paris

Jo Morris - Associate choreographer

Training: Millennium Performing Arts on The Doris Sonne Scholarship & Master of Arts Degree in the ‘Arts & Creatives Industries’, Middlesex University.

 

Theatre credits include: Associate Choreographer for Sondheim’s Old Friends’ (Gielgud Theatre & Sondheim Theatre); Associate Choreographer in Best Of The West End (Royal Albert Hall), Associate Choreographer/Resident Director in White Christmas (Dominion Theatre/UK Tour), Revival Choreographer for Singin’ In The Rain (Grand Palais, Paris), Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain for Guys & Dolls (Marigny Theatre, Paris), White Christmas (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Chess (English National Opera), Top Hat (Kilworth House), 42nd Street (Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House), Sunset Boulevard (English National Opera/Colesium), Singin’ In The Rain (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Mack & Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour), The Pajama Game (Minerva Theatre, Chichester & Shaftesbury Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (The Old Vic & Chichester Festival Theatre), Crazy For You (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible), the Olivier Award-winning Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), On The Town (English National Opera/Coliseum, London & Chatelet Theatre, Paris), Gigi (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Dance Captain/Onstage Swing in Shoes (Sadlers Wells), Assistant Rehearsal Director on Shoes (Peacock Theatre). Assistant Choreographer; Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Menier Chocolate Factory), The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Choreographer; Cinderella (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic), Ensemble/Swing; Wicked (Victoria Apollo), Sinatra (London Palladium), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Grease (Scandinavian Tour), Tonight’s The Tonight (Victoria Palace); Fame (UK Tour).

 

Workshops include: The Witches for the National Theatre; Shoes for Sadlers Wells; The Little Mermaid for Broadway; Mary Poppins for Broadway.

 

TV credits include: NHS Covid Vaccine commercial (Stand Alone Pictures), Assistant Choreographer Britannia for Sky Atlantic, Assistant Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance – Series 1 (BBC), Blessed (BBC), Celebrity Big Brother (Endemol), Rebourn (BBC), Bustamove (MTV) music video for Goldfrapp, Orange Mobile Phone commercial and Showtime at the Stadium (BBC).

Benjamin Pras Lido 2 Paris
Benjamin Pras Lido 2 Paris

Benjamin Pras - Associate Musical Director

An eclectic artist, Benjamin Pras began his musical career at a very early age, first with the violin, then the piano. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 2010, where he won the piano, organ and accompaniment prizes. He also won a Prix de perfectionnement on organ in François-Henri Houbart’s class at the CRR de Rueil-Malmaison, and a Prix d’Exellence in Paul Goussot’s class.

Grand prix Jean-Louis Florenz de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2013, he is passionate about the lieder and mélodies repertoire, receiving advice from Udo Reinemann, Anne Grappotte, Dominique Merlet, Markus Hadulla and Dietrich Henschel. He performs as a duo with soprano Angélique Boudeville and mezzo-soprano Marion Jacquemet.

He discovered touring as a circus pianist under the Bouglione family big top for 3 years, then at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris. He was also vocal conductor and pianist with the Théâtre Mogador orchestra for productions of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, Grease and Chicago.

Fascinated by improvisation, he receives advice from Paul Goussot and Thierry Escaich on organ, as well as Joe Makholm at the Bill Evans Academy and Benoit Sourisse at the CMDL on jazz piano. He is pianist in the improvised musical “NEW”.

He is currently co-titular organist at Saint Thomas d’Aquin Church in Paris, assistant organist at Notre Dame du Val-de-Grâce Church, assistant conductor at Lido 2 Paris for Cabaret in 2022 and associate conductor for A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum in 2023. In 2021, he created the Compagnie Mobilo-Lyricus, with the aim of bringing together the different worlds that fascinate him around opera.

Margaux Maeght Lido 2 Paris
Margaux Maeght Lido 2 Paris

Margaux Maeght - Assistant Set Designer

Margaux Maeght is a set designer, chief decorator and visual artist ( installations, sculptures and paintings ) originally from Dunkirk.

She worked and studied in New York for 5 years and has been based in Paris since 2019.

She has had the good fortune to assist artists who influence her work: Matthew Barney ( Film “River of fondement” ), Monica Cook ( Sculptures “Milk Fruit” ) and more recently Robert Carsen ( Lido 2 “Cabaret” ).

 

Graduated from the Tisch School of Arts in New York for theater and film ( MFA ), and from the University of Paris-Sorbonne with a Master of Fine Arts.

Website and contact: https://www.margauxmaeght.com/ margaux.maeght@gmail.com