Bette Midler Will Return To Broadway In Hello, Dolly!
It’s so nice you have you back where you belong! Whether you’re talking to the musical’s return or the star herself, those words have never been quite more fitting for what one could easily call the most anticipated Broadway event of 2017 announced early this morning! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the incredibly exciting news that Bette Midler will return to Broadway to star in a revival of Hello, Dolly!
Rumors of Hello, Dolly! revival on Broadway starring Bette Midler have long been the talk of the town. That talk has mostly been folklore, a Broadway urban legend or simply the wish of many in the Broadway business to have the stage and screen star take on one of the most iconic roles in musical theatre history. However, the internet practically exploded last night after Midler tweeted the following to her nearly 1 million followers;
This morning, our wish came true! Bette Midler confirmed she plans to return to Broadway in 2017 to take on the iconic role of Dolly Levi in a Hello, Dolly! revival. Scott Rudin will produce the revival with Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks as director and Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle as choreographer. The show will begin previews March 13th, 2017 and officially open April 20th at a theater to be announced. Tickets will be on sale as soon as a theater has been confirmed for the production. No other casting at this time has been announced!
Composer and lyricist Jerry Herman expressed his excitement for Midler to take on a role “Only Bette could bring back” saying;
“Many times through the years I’ve been asked about bringing back Hello, Dolly! – and it has always been, ‘Who would be my dream Dolly?’ – and though I’ve had literally dozens of names tossed at me, I knew that we needed more than just a wonderful singer or a wonderful actor, so I held on to the hope that she would also be a distinctly original persona. Who is out there that has the necessary stature, warmth, the incredible talent and ability, and especially the singular, outsized personality that I was looking for in a 21st century Dolly? Only one person: Bette Midler. Only Bette could bring Dolly brilliantly back to ‘the lights of 14th Street!'”
Bette Midler is an American singer, songwriter, actress and comedian. Her career, which spans nearly half a century, has shared both many performances on the stage and screen. On the screen, Midler has appeared in The Rose, Down And Out In Beverly Hills, Beaches, The First Wives Club, The Stepford Wives, For The Boys and Gypsy. When it comes to the stage, Midler made her Broadway debut appearing in the original Fiddler On The Roof starring as Tzeitel. She returned to Broadway in 1973 and 1975 with concert performances and just recently appeared in 2013 in a full production starring in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. She also worked as a producer on Priscilla: Queen of the Desert in 2011. Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and a special Tony Award. When it comes to her music, she has sold over 35 million records worldwide with four going Gold, three Platinum and three Multiplatinum. Midler issued a statement regarding her return to Broadway saying;
“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly! I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and I am so glad to be under the wings of Scott Rudin as Producer and Jerry Zaks as Director. See you next year!”
Hello, Dolly! premiered on Broadway in 1964 taking the season by storm winning a record-breaking 11 Tony Awards. A record the show held onto for the next 35 years. The musical starred Carol Channing (Pictured Right) in the title role. Channing, who was not the first, second or third choice for the production, went on to win the Tony Award for her performance defeating Barbra Streisand for her performance in Funny Girl the same season. The show has been revived three times since on Broadway in 1975, 1978 and 1996 with all three coming no where close to the production’s original run playing fewer than 150 performances each. The original production ran for 2,844 performances making it the longest-running musical in Broadway history for a brief period of time.
Luner Lowdown: WOW! WOW! WOW FELLAS! Just when you think you’ve seen Broadway at it’s best, along comes a theatrical event that gets everyone talking! Hollywood legend Bette Midler will bring home Hello, Dolly! to Broadway in 2017 in what I would call the most anticipated revival of a musical this decade. The star, who was just recently seen in New York in 2013 in I’ll Eat You Last, has been begged by fans for years now to return to the stage in a Dolly revival or an original staging of Hocus Pocus. It looks like we’ve gotten one of our wishes, for now! I cannot express how excited I am to see this iconic musical return to Broadway next season with the best possible leading lady at the reins. Hello, Dolly! is sure to be a hit on the New York stage again 53 years after the original debuted. The teaser artwork, pictured left, is already semi emotional with those iconic Merrick Red letters announcing the musical’s return. Of course, the show’s original producer David Merrick and his love for the use of red on productions was known and became an iconic look for so many shows including Hello, Dolly!.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Hello, Dolly! and Bette Midler return to Broadway in just over a year from now! A huge event to look forward to as we push through this season on Broadway and into the next!At this time, no official website or social media exist for the production! However, please stay tuned as we will publish them as soon as they do. In the meantime, visit Bette Midler’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!