New in 2017Bette Midler returns to Broadway as outspoken matchmaker Dolly Levi in a revival of this multiple award-winning musical classic.
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, will pay 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: On Tuesdays beginning 6/13/17, the role of Dolly Levi will be played by Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy ("Passion," "The King and I"). Murphy will also perform the role 6/27 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/9, 7/30 evening, 9/6 - 9/10, 10/15 evening, 10/30 evening, 11/1 - 11/5, 11/24 matinee, and 1/7 evening.
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").