Donna Murphy, who dons the iconic headdress in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! for select performances (including Tuesday evenings), will take her final bow at the Shubert Theatre a few days earlier than expected.
The two-time Tony winner will now play her final performance in an added 7:30 evening show January 7, 2018, instead of the initially scheduled January 9. The latter has been canceled in light of the recently added Actors Fund benefit performance January 14. Fellow Tony winner Bette Midler will therefore play all eight performances in her final week.
Murphy, a Tony winner for Passion and The King and I, played her first performance in the musical June 13—the first performance to follow the revival’s four wins at the 2017 Tony Awards. She has continued to take the stage on Tuesday evenings (and for some extended engagements), earning critical acclaim for her take on the beloved role.
After Midler and David Hyde Pierce’s last shows January 14, the production will go dark for one week before welcoming three-time Tony recipient Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber into the leading roles January 20. Also joining the company that day will be Olivier Award nominee Charlie Stemp, who assumes the role of Barnaby from Dear Evan Hansen-bound Taylor Trensch.