Back where they belong. Bette Midler. Hello, Dolly!
Michael Stewart’s (book) and Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!, returns to Broadway starring none other than Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017. This production, the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will pay 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 Midler is currently back on Broadway as she returns to “Hello Dolly” this summer for six weeks before the show closes August 25th. Her life and work is a testament to how being different is what makes her a star. Midler has always struggled with her differences. She grew up in Hawaii and from the start wanted to be involved with movies and music. In 1965, at the age of 19, she moved to New York, planning on becoming a “Great Actress”. Jump forward in time and Midler, now 72, has conquered every aspect of the entertainment business. But she still remembers how she had to work at not fitting in. “If only I’d known my differentness would be an asset, then my earlier life would have been much easier.” When Bette Midler jumped into the role of Dolly in “Hello Dolly” on Broadway last year, she received advice from everybody. “Make it your own. That’s what everyone I talked to said. You can’t do somebody else’s version of it. It’s a tall order. It’s wonderfully constructed. It’s this exquisite little jewel box, like a watch–so finely tuned, and every little piece works.” Midler has said that she’s actually a very quite person at home who likes to sit and just read. When asked abou …Read more