Three-time Tony recipient Bernadette Peters, who will succeed Tony winner Bette Midler in the title role of the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, appeared on Live With Kelly and Ryan December 11.
Peters discussed her upcoming return to Broadway as well as her work on TV's Mozart in the Jungle, the fourth season of which will be available beginning February 16, 2018.
The Broadway favorite also spoke about her decision to become Broadway's next Dolly Gallagher Levi. Peters said when Midler suggested she succeed her in the role, she was unsure, “but then I read [the script], and I thought it's just a lovely, wonderful role, about a woman who's a widow, who retreated into her life for ten years and decides to get back to rejoin the human race. It's a wonderful story.”
Peters, most recently on Broadway in the Tony-nominated revival of Follies, will play her first performance as matchmaker Dolly January 20, 2018, at the Shubert Theatre.
Prior to Follies, Peters was last on Broadway in the revival of A Little Night Music. She received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed revival of Gypsy. Peters won her two Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and she has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl, and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.