The Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! bids farewell to its first Dolly: Bette Midler, who concludes her Tony-winning stint at the Shubert Theatre January 14. Fellow Tony winner Bernadette Peters assumes the title role next, with performances resuming January 20 following a brief hiatus.
The 8 PM performance also marks the final performances of Tony winner David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder and Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker. In the wings are Tony nominee Victor Garber and Olivier nominee Charlie Stemp. Trensch will go on to assume the title role in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen beginning February 6.
The three were initially slated to take their final bows at a 2 PM matinee, but in November, an evening performance was added, with proceeds benefiting the Actors Fund.
A production spokesperson also confirmed that January 14 marks the final performance for Beanie Feldstein in the role of Minnie Fay. Feldstein will be succeeded by Molly Griggs, who will be making her Broadway debut January 20 after appearing Off-Broadway in Penelope Skinner's Linda.
The Jerry Zaks-helmed production opened officially in April 2017, breaking the record for the highest pre-show advance in Broadway history even before then. Midler’s star power has allowed the production to break numerous records, celebrating highest-grossing weeks in any Shubert Organization house over ten times.
The cast of Hello, Dolly! also includes Gavin Creel, who won a Tony for his performance as Cornelius Hackl, Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde, and Tony nominee Jennifer Simard as Ernestina. Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy played her final performance as the alternate Dolly January 7.