At 70-years-young, Bette Midler isn’t slowing down. The Divine Miss M is heading back to the Great White Way for a new production of Hello, Dolly! It’s the first new staging of the classic musical in more than 50 years. Previews begin on March 15, 2017 at The Shubert Theatre, with opening night set for April 20.
Based on ticket sales, it’s clear Midler’s return is the hottest ticket in town. Producer Scott Rudin revealed that his revival raked in a whopping $9,082,496 at the box office in its first day of ticket sales, setting a brand new Broadway record. Tickets for the show range from $79 to $189.
“We are thrilled with the tremendous response from Hello, Dolly! ticket-buyers. The combination of this show and Bette Midler has proven irresistible to theatergoers,” Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel, Chairman and President of The Shubert organization, respectively
Hello Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry “half-a-millionaire.” The original 1964 Broadway production starred Carol Channing. It swept the Tonys, winning awards in ten categories out of eleven nominations. The 1969 film adaptation starring Barbra Streisand earned seven Oscar nominations and won three.
After a 40-year absence, Midler returned to Broadway for her one-woman play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, back in 2013. She made her Broadway debut back in the 60s in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof.
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