After shattering box office records at the Shubert Theatre and winning a Tony Award, Bette Midler has set the date she’ll say goodbye to Dolly. The celebrated performer will take her final bow in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! January 14, 2018.
Playbill has reached out to representatives for the show for comment on the future of the production following Midler’s departure.
The Jerry Zaks-helmed production opened officially April 20, but even before then, the lavish staging made a splash on the boards, breaking the record for the highest pre-show advance in Broadway history.
The iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi marks Midler’s return to the Broadway musical stage in about 50 years, following her debut as an understudy in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof. She last appeared on the Great White Way in the solo show I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.
In addition to Tony wins for Best Revival and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Hello, Dolly! earned Tony Awards for featured actor Gavin Creel and costume designer Santo Loquasto. It had received six additional nominations, including nods for director Zaks and co-stars David Hyde Pierce and Kate Baldwin.
Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy continues to take on the title role for select performances, including all Tuesday evenings.
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