Bette Midler Sets Broadway Return in 'Hello, Dolly!'

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Bette Midler

Four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks will direct the beloved musical for the 2016-2017 season.

It's so nice to have you back where you belong, Bette Midler.

The Divine Miss M, who was last seen on Broadway in 2013's hit one-woman play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, will star in Hello, Dolly!, producer Scott Rudin announced Tuesday morning.

Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will direct the first Broadway revival of the beloved Michael Stewart (book) and Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) musical. Tony winner Warren Carlyle will choreograph the show, and pay tribute to the original 1964 production's director-choreographer Gower Champion.

Hello, Dolly! will begin Broadway performances on March 13, 2017, and open on April 20, 2017, at a theater to be announced. A revival has been on Broadway's wish list for a long time and was mentioned as a suitable vehicle for Midler following I'll Eat You Last, which marked her return to the Broadway stage after a nearly 40-year absence.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s farce The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! premiered on Broadway in 1964 with Carol Channing in the title role. It won 10 Tony Awards and ran for seven years.

Other stars who appeared in the part have included Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman and Mary Martin, as well as Barbra Streisand in the 1969 movie directed by Gene Kelly.

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