Bette Midler, actress, singer/songwriter, producer, director, and writer, will return to Broadway in the 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! in the star role. Midler’s singing career hit the ground running, with her first two albums earning her Top Ten fame, and ultimately a Platinum rating. Awards for her musical and acting performances soon followed, including Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, American Comedy Awards, and a Special Tony Award. She’s also been nominated for a dozen and a half awards.
Midler’s early work on stage includes Fiddler on the Roof, in which she played Tzeitel, Tevye’s oldest daughter from 1966 to 1969. The current cast of Fiddler has been lauded for their performance of this classic musical. Midler also performed in Salvation, which played Off-Broadway in 1969, and delivered over two hundred performances.
During and after her roles on stage, Midler appeared in over 35 films, including Beaches and The Stepford Wives. Midler’s on-screen roles have not be limited to film, however, as she has guest starred, appeared as herself, and landed roles in over twenty television shows, including Seinfeld and Murphy Brown.Again), Dolly!
Scheduled to open in April 2017, this version of Hello, Dolly! will be directed by Jerry Zaks, winner of two Obie’s, an Outer Critics Circle Award, four Tony Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards. The show will be produced by Scott Rudin, recognizable for his role of producer for the film version of School of Rock, which was adapted for the stage and is showing at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway.
Arriving On Broadway
The show was first produced in 1964 and won ten Tony Awards, setting a record for the illustrious recognition. The original cast recording album enjoyed a Billboard-number-one spot for a week in 1964, before it was replaced by Louis Armstrong’s album of the same name.
After the original Broadway run, Hello, Dolly! toured regionally. The show also enjoyed a London production that opened in the West End at the Theatre Royal in December 1965. Prior to the 2017 revival, Hello, Dolly! has undergone six revivals—three each on Broadway and in the West End. The film version (1969) won three Academy Awards, including Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture.
While tickets for Hello, Dolly! are not yet available, On Broadway will offer the best deals and cheap tickets for matinees, evening shows, last-minute purchases, and gifts. For those who want to enjoy the power, emotion, and comedy that permeate Midler’s performances on stage once more—or for the first time—the experience of a Broadway musical is like no other.