Bette Midler will return to Hello, Dolly! for the final six weeks of the Broadway run
The Tony Award-winning Broadway revival will conclude its run at the Shubert Theatre on August 25, 2018.
Put on your Sunday clothes one more time, folks, because Bette Midler will be returning to her Tony Award-winning role of Dolly Levi Gallagher in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for the final six weeks of its Tony Award-winning run at the Shubert Theatre. Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will conclude her celebrated engagement in the title role on July 15, with Ms. Midler reprising the role from July 17 through to the show's final performance on August 25, 2018.
Ms. Midler released the following statement: “I am delighted to return to the scene of one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I know the brilliant Bernadette Peters enjoyed her turn as much as I did. Dolly Levi is one of the most joyful characters in Broadway history, and Bernadette and I were lucky to to be able to step into her glorious shoes.”
Ms. Peters added: “I am forever grateful to Bette for suggesting I step into the role of Dolly Levi. She was right. We both agree it is an amazing, joyful journey for us and the audience. And now I will hand the red dress back to my friend, the magnificent Bette Midler.”
In addition, original cast member and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce will also rejoin Ms. Midler on stage as Horace Vandergelder from July 17, with four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber concluding his run in the musical on July 15. Tony Award winner Gavin Creel is also set to return to the role of Cornelius Hackl from May 8, assuming the role from Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana. Mr. Creel took a temporary leave of absence from the production to recover from back surgery.
The principal cast of Hello, Dolly! currently includes two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters (as Dolly Levi Gallagher), four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber (as Horace Vandergelder), Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana (as Cornelius Hackl), Olivier Award nominee Charlie Stemp (as Barnaby Tucker), Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (as Irene Molloy), Molly Griggs (as Minnie Fay), Will Burton (as Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (as Ermengarde), and Alli Mauzey (as Ernestina).
The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! began previews on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on April 20.
The classic musical features a book by Michael Stewart, with music & lyrics by Jerry Herman.
Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, this production features choreography by Tony Award 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 aslo 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.
A National Tour, starring Tony Award-winning legend Betty Buckley, launches at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 2, 2018.
Hello, Dolly! Tickets are available now.
(Photo by Julieta Cervantes)