Hello, Shubert! Dolly Revival Announces Home & Leading Man
Put On Your Sunday Clothes! As if Broadway fans weren’t excited enough for the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler making her long-awaited return to Broadway, the production only added anticipation announcing it has officially found a home next season and a leading man you will not only know but love! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Hello, Dolly! will play The Shubert Theater next season!
Producers of next season’s Hello, Dolly! revival proudly announced today the production would take up residence at The Shubert Theater on Broadway.With Matilda playing its final performance at the theater January 1st, the production is scheduled to begin previews March 13th before an official opening April 20th, 2017. The announcement came in the form of a visual (Pictured Right) being released showing just what Hello, Dolly! would look like at The Shubert in the early 20th century. However, that visual was more than just that revealing another well-known star has joined the lineup for this revival next season. Broadway veteran David Hyde Pierce will take on the role of Horace Vandergelder opposite Bette Midler as Dolly Levi.
David Hyde Pierce is an American actor, director and comedian. Pierce will return to the Broadway stage performing for the first time since 2013 when he appeared as Vanya in the Tony Award winning Vanya and Sonia And Masha And Spike. He was also nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. Hyde was most recently represented on Broadway last season with It Shoulda Been You making his directorial debut. Hyde Pierce became best known to audiences through his performances as Sir Robin And Others in Spamalot from 2005-2006. He received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Spamalot before going on to win the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2008 for playing Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains on Broadway in 2008. (Thanks to Brian Smith for the photo above left!)
Scott Rudin is producing the headliner revival with Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks as director and Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle as choreographer. A full creative team and full casting for the production have not been announced at this time but are expected at a later date.
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 nowhere 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 on Theatre will keep you updated as we learn more about the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! A full website has not been launched yet for the 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! However, you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter for more news! We’ll be sure to keep you updated once an official site for this anticipated revival has been launched!