Three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters plays her final Hello, Dolly! performance July 15, having opened in the role February 22. The Broadway favorite began performances as matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi January 20, succeeding Bette Midler in the Tony-winning revival at the Shubert Theatre.
Midler and David Hyde Pierce will return to the show July 17 until the show closes August 25, with two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy also returning to the title role for six performances. July 15 also marks the last performance of Peters' co-star, Victor Garber.
“It's a wonderful show, it's a wonderful part, and I'm glad that I am joining that sisterhood,” Peters told Playbill of joining a legacy of women who've taken on the iconic role, including Midler, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, and Pearl Bailey. Tony winner Betty Buckley will also soon join the roster when she heads the national tour of Hello, Dolly! this fall.
Peters last appeared on Broadway as Sally Durant Plummer in the 2011 revival of Follies. A Tony winner for Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun (plus an honorary award in 2012), her additional Broadway credits include memorable performances in A Little Night Music, Gypsy (also at the Shubert Theatre), Into the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George. She can currently be seen on the Amazon comedy Mozart in the Jungle (the show's fourth season premiered February 16) and CBS All Access' The Good Fight.