Bette Midler took her final bow Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! January 14, ending her Tony-winning run that brought the Shubert Theatre and Organization a multitude of box office highs and shattered house records.
The musical grossed $2,436,208 (148 percent of its potential) in Midler’s final week, second only to Hamilton (leading the pack for the week ending January 14 with $3,105,160). However, Hello, Dolly! has only seven of its eight performances that week recorded in the numbers supplied by the Broadway League, as her final show Sunday evening was a special performance benefiting the Actors Fund. For most weeks with eight performances, Donna Murphy stepped into the title role Tuesday evening.
Bernadette Peters will take over beginning January 20, bringing with her Victor Garber, Charlie Stemp, and Molly Griggs, who replace David Hyde Pierce, Taylor Trensch, and Beanie Feldstein.
Miss Saigon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory played their final performances January 14, with both earning seven figures in the final string of shows. The former was up by about $85,000 from the week before with $1,143,669, while the latter took a slight dip to $1,234,419 (though still playing to above 90 percent capacity).