Bette Midler to star in 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway, making all our dreams come true
Oh, don’t mind me. I was just booking my April 2017 flight to NYC because Bette Midler, goddess among talentless mortals, announced that she’s going to star as Dolly Gallagher Levi in a revival of the 1964 musical sensation Hello, Dolly!, and now I have the vapors.
Midler — whom I was fortunate enough to see live at Amalie Arena last year on one of the greatest nights of my life — issued this statement:
“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly! I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and I am so glad to be under the wings of Scott Rudin as Producer and Jerry Zaks as Director. See you next year!”
Zaks is a four-time Tony winner, and the revival will be choreographed by fellow Tony winner Warren Carlyle, according to Playbill.
Said composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, “Many times through the years I’ve been asked about bringing back Hello, Dolly! – and it has always been, 'Who would be my dream Dolly?’ – and though I’ve had literally dozens of names tossed at me, I knew that we needed more than just a wonderful singer or a wonderful actor, so I held on to the hope that she would also be a distinctly original persona. Who is out there that has the necessary stature, warmth, the incredible talent and ability, and especially the singular, outsized personality that I was looking for in a 21st century Dolly? Only one person: Bette Midler. Only Bette could bring Dolly brilliantly back to 'the lights of 14th Street!’”
The musical will open on 420.