Grosses Analysis: Bette Midler Rings in Her Birthday at Hello, Dolly! With Another Shattered Record

Grosses   Grosses Analysis: Bette Midler Rings in Her Birthday at Hello, Dolly! With Another Shattered Record
In a week with most shows taking a dip following Thanksgiving highs, Dolly! managed to climb even further.
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Bette Midler is surprised onstage with a birthday celebration at Broadway's Hello, Dolly! Noam Galai/Getty Images for "Hello, Dolly

While most shows dozed into a post-Thanksgiving lull, the juggernaut of a Hello, Dolly! revival continued to surpass its own records. The production, starring Bette Midler (who celebrated her birthday onstage December 1), grossed $2,478,968, once again breaking the Shubert Organization’s house record.

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Get an in-depth look at this past week's grosses here.

Midler, who earned a Tony for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi, enters her final weeks in the Jerry Zaks-helmed staging. She’ll take her final bow in an Actors Fund benefit performance January 14, 2018, making way for new headliner, three-time Tony recipient Bernadette Peters.

Meanwhile, the new Broadway musical The Band’s Visit was once again in the Millionaire’s Club, playing to full capacity and grossing $1,092,929 (105 percent of its potential).

Among the few shows to increase over last week was Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which raised its capacity a few points and jumped back into seven figures.

Once On This Island played to standing-room-only houses as it invited press in the week leading to its December 3 official opening. With near-unanimous raves, expect the revival’s gross to match (and possibly surpass) its potential in weeks to come.


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