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Victor Garber will join Bernadette Peters in Hello, Dolly!

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Victor Garber

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Following our confirmation that two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters will assume the leading role of Dolly Gallagher Levi from Tony winner Bette Midler in the current Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre, producer Scott Rudin has now officially confirmed that four-time Tony nominee and six-time Emmy nominee Victor Garber will also be joining the production. He will assume the role of Horace Vandergelder from Tony and four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce.

Ms. Midler and Mr. Hyde Pierce will both play theirr final performances on January 14, 2018, with Ms. Peters and Mr. Garber assuming their respective role from January 20, 2018. A new "opening night" for the new cast members has been scheduled for February 22.

Victor Garber released the following statemnet:

“The opportunity to play this role, in this production, with the incomparable Bernadette Peters, is truly a dream come true. I cannot wait to be back where I belong.”
Victor Garber was last seen on the Great White Way in the 2010 revival of 'Present Laughter.' He earned Tony nominations for his performances in 'Damn Yankees' (1994), 'Lend Me a Tenor' (1989), 'Little Me' (1982), and 'Deathtrap' (1978). Other notable Broadway credits include 'Art,' 'Arcadia,' 'Noises Off,' and 'Sweeney Todd,' among others. On screen, he has received a total of 6 Emmy Award nominations (3 for "Alias" and individual nominations for "Will & Grace," "Frasier," and "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"). His most notable screen credits include "Titanic," "Argo," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Sicario," "Power," "Web Therapy," "Deception," "Damages," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Tuck Everlasting," "Legally Blonde," "The First Wives Club," and "Godspell," among many others. He has most recently been seen as Dr. Martin Stein on DC's "Legends of Tomorrow" and "The Flash."

The principal cast of Hello, Dolly! currently includes Tony Award, three-time Emmy and three-time Golden Globe winner and two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler (as Dolly Gallagher Levi), Tony and four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (as Horace Vandergelder), Tony winner Gavin Creel (as Cornelius Hackl), Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (as Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (as Barnaby Tucker), Will Burton (as Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (as Ermengarde), and Tony nominee Jennifer Simard (as Ernestina).

As previously reported, Taylor Trensch will also leave the production to assume the title role in the Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" Dear Evan Hansen in January. A replacement will be announced at a future date.

Hello, Dolly! began previews at the Shubert Theatre on March 15, 2017, and officially opened to excellent reviews on April 20.

Hello, Dolly! features a book by Michael Stewart, and music & lyrics by Jerry Herman.

Directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, this production features choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, based on the original work by Gower Champion.

Synopsis: "At the turn of the 20th century, all of New York City is excited because widowed but brassy Dolly Gallagher Levi is in town. Dolly makes a living primarily through matchmaking and is currently seeking a wife for grumpy Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, but it becomes clear that Dolly intends to marry Horace herself."

The creative team behind Hello, Dolly! features scenic & costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Scott Lehrer, music direction by Andy Einhorn, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, vocal arrangements by Don Pippin, and dance arrangements by Glen Kelly.

At the 71st Annual Tony Awards, the production took home the trophy for "Best Revival of a Musical," as well as "Best Costume Design of a Musical," "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical" (for Gavin Creel) and "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical" (for Bette Midler).

Hello, Dolly! first premiered on Broadway at the St James Theatre in 1964, picking up a grand total of 10 Tony Awards, including "Best Musical." It has since been revived three times - 1975 at the Minskoff Theatre, and 1978 and 1995 both at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. A film adaptation was released in 1969, directed by Gene Kelly and starring Barbra Streisand.

- by Tom Millward

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