If you haven’t heard, the legendary diva of New York, Bette Midler, will be starring in a revival of Hello Dolly in New York’s Shubert Theatre starting on March 15, with an official opening night on April 20.
The award-winning musical has seen in-demand ticket sales since the first day they went on sale. According to Playbill, with Bette in the starring role, Dolly raked in over $9 million in its first day of ticket sales, which set a Broadway record.
History of Hello Dolly
Hello Dolly is a 1964 musical directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and produced by David Merrick. It won a record 10 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”, a record held for 37 years. It has garnered three Broadway revivals and much international success. It was also made into the 1969 film classic “Hello Dolly” starring Barbra Streisand. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three.
Carol Channing as Dolly
Originally opening on January 16, 1964 at the St. James Theatre, it ran for 2,844 performances before closing on December 27, 1970. Carol Channing starred as Dolly, a middle-aged woman who makes a living through what she calls “meddling, matchingmaking and numerous sidelines such as giving dance instructions and mandolin lessons.
After Channing left the show, Merrick employed a string of prominent actresses to play Dolly, including Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable and Pearl Bailey.
Many other celebrities of the day played Dolly on tour. The original London production starred Mary Martin and opened on December 2, 1965, and ran for 794 performances.
Everyone is beyond excited that Bette is back. If you’ve never seen Bette in person, you’re in for a treat. I had the privilege of seeing Bette two times in the early 90s, once in Miami and once in Cleveland. She brought the house down with laughter as she sang all her biggest hits, plus relived all the fun moments of her earlier years, while playing small venues in New York City. Did you know she got her start along side Barry Manilow? (Fun fact!)
If you’re thinking of going, you better act soon! This is destined to be one of the hottest tickets of 2018.