Running since March 2017 Bernadette Peters 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: Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters returns to Broadway in "Hello, Dolly!" - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” This unparalleled Broadway legend steps into the iconic title role, descends the grand staircase, and caps a six-decades-long career of historic stage success. Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ triumphant production is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Ben Brantley, in The New York Times says, “let's just hope this show's producers have earthquake insurance.” Don't miss this “musical comedy dream” (Rolling Stone) - "Hello, Dolly!"
"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 played her final performance as Dolly Levi on 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").
Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, Bernadette Peters is one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two (plus an honorary award), and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three. She is particularly noted for her Broadway roles in musicals such as "Mack and Mabel," "Sunday in the Park with George," "Song and Dance," "Into the Woods," "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Gypsy." Peters is joined on stage by Tony winner Victor Garber ("Present Laughter" TV's "Alias"), 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.