A parade of Broadway talent has been assembled to join Bette Midler in the forthcoming Broadway revival of the blockbuster 1964 musical Hello, Dolly!
Midler, who returns to her stage musical roots as matchmaker Dolly Levi, will be joined by the previously announced David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder in the revival that will begin Broadway previews March 15, 2017, and open April 20 at the Shubert Theatre.
Tickets go on sale September 17 at 10 AM EST via Telecharge.com.
Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Big Fish, Giant) will play Irene Molloy, with two-time Tony nominee Gavin Creel (She Loves Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Cornelius Hackl and Jennifer Simard, a 2016 Tony nominee for her break-out comedic performance in Disaster!, as Ernestina.
The principal cast also features Taylor Trensch (Curious Incident) as Barnaby Tucker, Will Burton (An American in Paris) as Ambrose Kemper and Melanie Moore (Fiddler on the Roof) as Ermengarde. Casting for Minnie Fay is to be announced.
An ensemble of 27 will join them, including Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Elizabeth Earley, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Blake Hammond, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Robert Hartwell, Amanda LaMotte, Analisa Leaming, Jess LeProtto, Ian Liberto, Kevin Ligon, Nathan Madden, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, Jessica Sheridan, Michaeljon Slinger, Christian Dante White, Branch Woodman, Ryan Worsing and Richard Riaz Yoder.
A team of Tony-winning talent has been assembled for the creative team, which features scenic and costume designer Santo Loquasto, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Scott Lehrer, orchestrator Larry Hochman and vocal arranger Don Pippin.
The casting announcement also stated that the revival will pay tribute to the work of original Dolly! director/choreographer Gower Champion. His iconic staging of the original 1964 production garnered Tony Awards for Best Direction and Best Choreography.
Scott Rudin produces.
The show has a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder. It won a then-record ten Tony Awards in 1964, including Best Musical, and ran 2,844 performances making it briefly the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
The title role, one of the greatest leading lady roles in musical theatre, was written for Ethel Merman, but ultimately originated by Carol Channing, who won the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical for the role, and also starred in the most recent Broadway revival of the musical in 1995.