Bette Midler is not quite ready to say goodbye to her Dolly.
The Divine Miss M is returning to the Tony Award-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! on July 17 for a six-week run that will close the production on Aug. 25.
Midler is not coming back empty-handed. She also has lured previous co-stars David Hyde Pierce and Gavin Creel back as well. Pierce earned a Tony nomination in the show and Creel won a best featured Tony.
Tickets for the reunited cast’s final shows go on sale on April 28.
“I am delighted to return to the scene of one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I know the brilliant Bernadette Peters enjoyed her turn as much as I did,” said Midler. “Dolly Levi is one of the most joyful characters in Broadway history, and Bernadette and I were lucky to to be able to step into her glorious shoes.”
The iconic role of Dolly Levi marked Midler’s return to the Broadway musical stage in about 50 years and she shattered box office records at the Shubert Theatre. She won the Tony for best actress in a musical, while the revival — which opened in April 2017 — has grossed $103 million to date.
The Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner plays a matchmaker and schemer in the show, which features the songs “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” ”Before the Parade Passes By” and “So Long Dearie.”
Midler stepped into the role last spring and ended her run in mid-January. She was replaced by Bernadette Peters, who will now leave after the July 15 show.
The first national tour of Hello, Dolly! kicks off in October at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, starring Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley.