Ten 2017 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (David Hyde Pierce), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Bette Midler), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gavin Creel), Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical (Kate Baldwin), Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical.
It Takes a Woman:
Bette Midler returns to Broadway in Hello, Dolly! as outspoken matchmaker Dolly Levi in a revival of this multiple award-winning musical classic.
From the producers:
Michael Stewart’s and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!, returns to Broadway starring none other than Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, this production, the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
Bette Back on Broadway:
Dolly’ll Never Go Away Again:
The plot of Hello, Dolly! originated in an 1835 English play, A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford. Thornton Wilder adapted the work into his 1938 farcical play The Merchant of Yonkers, a flop which he revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955, expanding the role of Dolly. The Matchmaker became a hit and was much revived and made into a 1958 film of the same name. Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a record held for 37 years. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The album reached number one on the Billboard album chart on June 6, 1964 and was replaced the next week by Louis Armstrong’s album Hello, Dolly! The role of Dolly Levi in the musical was originally written for Ethel Merman, but Merman turned it down, as did Mary Martin (although each eventually played it). Eventually, Merrick hired Carol Channing, who then created in Dolly her signature role. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won three.
The Divine Miss M:
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bette Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts. Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. In the following years, she starred in a string of hit films, winning two additional Golden Globe awards. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 35 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Hello, Dolly! gives Midler her first leading role in a Broadway musical.
Time Out New York: “It is, in a word, perfection. From the rousing overture on, everything about the production, directed with joyful aplomb by Jerry Zaks, gleams with old-fashioned charm.”
New York Daily News: ” Type out all the superlatives you can because nights like this in the theater make you feel overjoyed.”
New York Post: “Extraordinary…[Midler’s] iconic comic chops are on delicious display as Dolly the meddling matchmaker, especially next to David Hyde Pierce as her cheerfully crotchety leading man. And there is nothing more invigorating than Midler crooning Jerry Herman’s sensational standards.”
Newsday: ” It is the happiness exuded by Midler that makes this first-rate revival so delightful and, yes, so deeply touching.”