Actor Dermot Mulroney To Fulfill Dream At Pops By The Sea

HYANNIS – An actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and TV shows will get to make a lifelong dream come true right here on Cape Cod. 

Dermot Mulroney has been announced as this year’s guest conductor at the 33rd Annual Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea. 

Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Arts foundation of Cape Cod, which organizes the concert, said that this is kind of a homecoming for Mulroney. 

“Dermot has close ties to the Cape.  His parents live in Orleans and he’s been around for many years.  We’ve seen him at the theater and different musical venues,” she said.  

Nearly six decades ago, his mother’s aunt purchased a home in Orleans, and as a kid, he visited every summer.  In the late 70’s his parents purchased the property. 

Wake said he does have a biggest fan.  “He is a classically trained cellist.  His mom shared many stories.  She is very proud of his acting career, but she beamed when she spoke about his cello playing,” Wake said.

Mulroney says that as a lifelong classical musician, this is a real pinnacle moment. 

Mulroney and Wake have hinted that he may pull double duty, which will make him the first guest conductor to do so. 

He has played the cello on several movie soundtracks, including “Incredibles 2,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Jurassic World.” 

While Mulroney is comfortable performing onstage, he admitted there will be some nerves if he is asked to play the cello at the Hyannis Village Green this August. “I haven’t performed in front of an orchestra – that’s a real heart thumper in and of itself – since I was a teenager,” he said. “That is more nerve-racking than acting.”

Mulroney, who recently reunited with Julia Roberts, his co-star in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “August: Osage County,”, on the new Amazon TV series “Homecoming,” will have plenty of time to calm those nerves as this year’s Pops does not take place until Sunday, August 12th.

This isn’t the first time Dermot has performed locally; in 2013, he and his mother Ellen, who is a theatre actress, did a staged reading of “Peter Pan’s Mother” at the Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster.

Five years later, Cape audiences will have another chance to catch Dermot as he lends his talents to benefit the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. The Pops by the Sea is the nonprofit’s major fundraiser of the year, with funds going to support the foundation’s artistic and cultural grants, fellowships, and scholarships on the Cape. Tickets for the Pops can be purchased at

Past guest conductors at the Pops have included, among others, Dr. Gregory Skomal in 2017, Blue Man Group in 2016, Jim Belushi in 2012, the Farrelly brothers in 2011, Rachael Ray in 2010, and Ray Romano in 2007.

The AFCC supports and promotes the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It funds grants, fellowships, and scholarships.

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