Bette Midler will return to the Broadway stage in producer Scott Rudin and director Jerry Zaks’ Hello, Dolly!, a revival of the 1960s masterpiece.
Jerry Herman, the music and lyric genius behind the musical, said:
“Many times through the years I've been asked about bringing back Hello, Dolly! – and it has always been, ‘Who would be my dream Dolly?’ – and though I've had literally dozens of names tossed at me, I knew that we needed more than just a wonderful singer or a wonderful actor, so I held on to the hope that she would also be a distinctly original persona.”
Who better to take on the role than Bette Midler? Ms. Midler said:
“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly! I know I'm going to have the time of my life."
Hello, Dolly! all begin performances on March 13, 2017 and will officially open on April 20, 2017. Rehearsals begin one year from today.