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Donovan Jacquelyn in Hello Dolly at NC Theatre

Donovan Jacquelyn

RALEIGH, N.C.North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premier producer of professional Broadway musical revivals has announced that Cybill Shepherd was diagnosed with a tibial plateau fracture and a severe ankle sprain after she mistook the last step on a staircase and fell. After receiving medical treatment and diagnosis, Ms. Shepherd realized she would not be able to perform in Hello, Dolly!

“I am heartbroken,” said Ms. Shepherd. “This has been a life’s dream of mine to play this part and I’ve studied for the last two and a half months so that when I came here I would be prepared for the intense two week rehearsal period and the show itself. I was in excellent shape both physically and mentally and this was just one of those freakish things that happen in life. I’ve only missed two days of work in my 40 year career. I’m just grateful that I didn’t break my neck.” Ms. Shepherd continued, “Those who work in theatre do it because they love the theatre and that was evident with everyone I had the opportunity to work with at North Carolina Theatre. They are simply top notch on every level and I will miss having the chance to continue working with them.”

Meet the New “Dolly”

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan has stepped into the starring role of Dolly Gallagher Levi. Donovan holds the distinction of portraying both Cosette and Fantine in Les Misérables, the first actor in Broadway history to do so. She also played “Ellen” in Miss Saigon on Broadway, and has been in several New York City productions including Suburb, Kathy Lee Gifford’s Under The Bridge, The Ark and Have a Nice Life. North Carolina Theatre audiences will remember Jacquelyn from her starring roles as “Marion Paroo” in The Music Man and “Fanny Brice” in Funny Girl.

North Carolina Theatre Artistic Director and Director of Hello, Dolly!, Casey Hushion says, “While it was hard to say goodbye to Cybill, incidents such as these are not unusual in live theatre. We have embraced Jacquelyn with open arms. We are supremely confident that her remarkable talent and undeniable spirit will make her a truly unforgettable Dolly Levi.” Hushion continues, “At its heart, Hello, Dolly! is a show about choosing to seek adventure in your life. Jacquelyn is the embodiment of that very sentiment and has been an inspiration to the company and the staff. She has fearlessly jumped in and is tackling this huge challenge with tremendous skill, humor and grace.”

“It is live theatre and things happened that are beyond our control; however, the show must go on and we feel confident that Ms. Donovan will capture your heart as Dolly Levi,” says North Carolina Theatre Producer, Carolee Baxter. The curtain goes up on Saturday, May 7th at 2 PM and will run through Sunday, May 14th in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

About Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! is based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Dolly held the record for winning 11 Tony Awards for 37 years until The Producers broke it in 2001. Hello, Dolly! goes on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the 20th century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker. Tickets are $25-$75 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at For groups of 10 or more, please call 919-831-6941 x6944. For more information on Hello, Dolly! and other NC Theatre news, please visit

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