Klea Blackhurst, known for her musical tribute to Ethel Merman, stars in the upcoming revival of "Hello, Dolly!" at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.
The production, staged by Daniel Goldstein, runs June 28 to Sept. 8.
It will be the second Jerry Herman musical in two years, Last year the theater presented "Mame." It also previously presented "Mack and Mabel" at the Opera House and "Dear World" at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester.
Blackhurst's Merman tribute, "Everything the Traffic Will Allow," has been presented in venues across the U.S. and in London.
Blackhurt has performed concert engagements with symphony orchestras nationwide and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of "Jerry Herman's Broadway" with Angela Lansbury and the recent Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.
Most recently she created the role of Miss Lemon in the new musical "The Nutty Professor," which premiered this past summer in Nashville, directed by Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes.
She also starred in "Gypsy" at Drury Lane Oakbrook in Chicago.
Her New York theater credits include the upcoming production of "Happy Hunting" at the York Theatre, "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn," "Bingo," "By Jupiter," "Radio Gals" and "Oil City Symphony."
Regionally she has appeared in "Call Me Madam;" "Chicago," "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," "Red, Hot and Blue" and "Anything Goes."