Broadway’s HELLO DOLLY! Back Where They Belong Starring BETTE MIDLER by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Hello, Dolly! is back on Broadway where they belong. It returns starring legend Bette Midler. This will be its fourth Broadway revival since its original 1964 production which starred Carol Channing.
The masterpiece Hello, Dolly! with a book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, and directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will begin performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on March 15, 2017 with an opening night set for April 20, 2017. This is the fourth Broadway revival to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago in 1964. It will also star David Hyde Pierce, Kate Balwin, and Gavin Creel. It 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 (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. She 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, including her renditions of “The Rose”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Do You Want to Dance”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “From a Distance”. In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a series of shows titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, that ended in January 2010. 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, including: Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives. She starred in For the Boys and Gypsy, and won two additional Golden Globe awards for these films. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won 3 Grammy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, 3 Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 35 million records worldwide, and has received 4 Gold, 3 Platinum, and 3 Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.
Hello, Dolly! is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. Hello, Dolly! originated from an 1835 English play, A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford.
Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964 starring Carol Channing. It opened on January 16, 1964, at the St. James Theatre and closed on December 27, 1970, after 2,844 performances. Hello, Dolly! won 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 show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won three.
Hello, Dolly! premiered in the West End London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on December 2, 1965 and ran for 794 performances. Gower Champion directed and choreographed, and the cast starred Mary Martin as Dolly.
The show has been revived three times on Broadway since its original in 1964 (this 2017 production will make it four times revived):
November 6, 1975 – December 28, 1975: Minskoff Theatre – Starring Pearl Bailey and Billy Daniels in an all-black production (42 performances)
March 5, 1978 – July 9, 1978: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre – Starring Carol Channing and Eddie Bracken (147 performances)
October 19, 1995 – January 28, 1996: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre – Starring Carol Channing and Jay Garner (116 performances)
In the West End the show has also been revived three times since its original in 1965:
1979: Starring Carol Channing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Shaftesbury Theatre
January 3, 1984 – April 27, 1984: Starring female impersonator Danny La Rue as Dolly at the Prince of Wales Theatre
July 30, 2009 – September 12, 2009: Starring Samantha Spiro (Dolly) and Allan Corduner (Horace) at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. Spiro won the Olivier Award for her performance
Miscellaneous Productions: 1996 Mexico City revival, 1989 Toronto’s Limelight Dinner Theatre revival with Nonnie Griffin, 2009 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre revival
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Sources: Hello Dolly! 2017, Wikipedia