Read the Reviews for Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! | Playbill

The Verdict Read the Reviews for Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! Midler takes on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the highly anticipated revival.
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The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler in her return to the musical theatre stage, celebrated its official opening night at the Shubert Theatre April 20. The Jerry Zaks-helmed production began performances March 15.

Midler takes on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi; among those sharing the stage with her are Tony winner David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder, Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, and Olivier winner Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl.

Read reviews for the revival below, and see a quick clip of Midler at the curtain call for opening night.

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Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Wall Street Journal (Terry Teachout)

The production also features Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Beanie Feldstein as Minnie Fay, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde, Jennifer Simard as Ernestina, and Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker.

Rounding out the company are Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Elizabeth Earley, Taeler Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Robert Hartwell, Aaron Kaburick, 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.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, the 1964 musical features a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, both of whom won Tony Awards for the work on the original production. The staging won eight additional Tonys, including one for Best Musical and one for star Carol Channing, who went on to reprise her performance as the titular matchmaker in two subsequent Broadway revivals of the show—most recently in 1995.

The revival features choreography by Warren Carlyle, sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Andy Einhorn serves as musical director.


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