Bette Midler Sets 2017 Broadway Return in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

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Bette Midler will star in a 2017 Broadway revival of the musical “Hello, Dolly!,” directed by Jerry Zaks and produced by Scott Rudin.

Midler, who showed off her power at the Broadway box office in the strong-selling one-woman play  “I’ll Eat You Last” in 2013, will play the title role of Dolly Levi, originated by Carol Channing on Broadway in 1964 and played in the 1969 movie by Barbra Streisand. The musical, with songs by Jerry Herman (“La Cage aux Folles,” “Mame”) and book by Michael Stewart, will be directed by Broadway veteran Zaks (“Six Degrees of Separation,” “Guys and Dolls”) and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (“After Midnight,” the upcoming “She Loves Me”), with a nod to the work of original director-choreographer Gower Champion.

Midler, who’s wanted to play Dolly for years, seems a natural fit for the flamboyant comic lead of of the show, and the match seems likely to draw musical-theater fans in droves. The new revival of “Hello, Dolly!” has its dates all lined up — beginning previews  March 13, 2017 ahead of an April 20, 2017 opening — but a theater won’t be locked in until closer to the run.

“Dolly” joins a busy Broadway slate for Rudin, who just this spring alone has three plays (“The Humans,” “Blackbird,” “The Crucible”) and a new musical (“Shuffle Along”) on his plate.

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  1. Marshian says:

    Yep, us too. We will be flying over from England to see this great star in this great show, and on Brodway. It dosn’t get any better does it?

  2. Belinda D says:

    Cannot wait to see this, already saving to come from Australia!!!! When are tickets gong on sale????

  3. David Solomon says:

    I’m going to fly over from Australia for this….can’t wait

  4. Heleen Reiss says:

    Starting to save my money now for the tickets. Perfect casting. Can’t wait.

  5. Frances M says:

    so excited… when will tickets go on sale??

  6. nanarose says:

    when will tickets go on sale

  7. What perfect casting! It will sell out every night.

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