Running since March 2017 Bette Midler returns to Broadway as outspoken matchmaker Dolly Levi in a revival of this multiple award-winning musical classic. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
From the producers: Michael Stewart’s and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece, "Hello, Dolly!," returns to Broadway starring none other than Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, this production, the first new production of "Hello, Dolly!" to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
"Hello, Dolly!" tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. The musical took home the 1964 Tony Award for Best Musical following its Great White Way premiere at the St. James Theatre. This production will mark the first mounting of the musical on Broadway since 1995, which was headlined by original star Carol Channing, who won the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical for the role, and also starred in the most recent Broadway revival of the musical in 1995. A 1969 film adaptation starred Barbra Streisand in the titular role.
Casting Notes: Bette Midler will play her final performance 1/14. Beginning 1/20, the role of Dolly Levi will be played by three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters ("Sunday in the Park with George," "Into the Woods," "Follies").
On Tuesdays, the role of Dolly Levi is played by Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy ("Passion," "The King and I"). Murphy will also perform the role 10/15 evening, 10/30 evening, 11/1 - 11/5, 11/24 matinee, 1/7 evening and 1/9 evening, which will be her final performance.
Singer/actress Bette Midler, who made her Broadway debut as a replacement during the original run of "Fiddler on the Roof," returned with concert shows in 1973 and 1975, and made a recent encore as a performer in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers" in 2013, and as a producer of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in 2011. Midler is joined on stage by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce ("Spamalot," "Curtains," "TV's "Fraiser"), and Tony nominees Gavin Creel ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Kate Baldwin ("Big Fish") and Jennifer Simard ("Disaster").
2017 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Bette Midler), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gavin Creel), Best Costume Design of a Musical.
2017 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Bette Midler), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Creel).
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Revival Of A Musical, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Actress In A Musical (Bette Midler), Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical (Gavin Creel).
Blissful...Midler fans out her performer's wares with expert self-assurance - she delivers her jokes at a steady vaudevillian clip. It's hard to imagine a better match of actor and role: It is, in a word, perfection. From the rousing overture on, everything about the production, directed with joyful aplomb by Jerry Zaks, gleams with old-fashioned charm. "Hello, Dolly!" offers classic musical theater without a hint of apology.
This vibrant take on the classic musical is old-fashioned, energetic entertainment wrapped in a technicolor bow. The casting is flawless. Midler's voice is as strong as ever, and between the high-energy set pieces and the quiet, poignant moments, she keeps the crowd eating out of her hand. The ample opportunities for Midler to show off her well-documented, still-razor-sharp comedic chops bring roars of approval. It's a performance only a diva could give.