The Broadway scene is buzzing with news of the Hello Dolly! revival that will be starring Bette Midler! The Wind Beneath My Wings star is sure to put a spell on you in this role coming to Broadway in the spring of 2017. Playbill is posting congratulations announcements including an incredibly funny skit of all the “other” auditioners who tried for the role and didn’t get it. But let’s take a look back at Midler’s predecessors who already put on their Sunday clothes when they felt down and out.
Channing, Rodgers, and Grable- Oh my!
The first production of Hello Dolly! premiered on January 16th, 1964 at the Saint James Theatre! The music was written by New York native Jerry Herman, the book by Michael Stewart, produced by David Merrick, directed by Gower Champion, and a story based on the novel called The Matchmaker written in 1955 by Thornton Wilder. The optimistic story of a character who had already lived most of her life, followed in the mold of Herman’s usual subjects. The production was as well received by the public as it was criticized by the media:
“It Takes a Woman” to Continue a Legacy
Midler’s portrayal of Dolly is expected to be just as dynamic as the original. Broadway social media addicts will be looking forward to the backstage videos of Midler leading the new production that holds such historical relevance in the theatre community. Midler’s humor, dynamic voice, and unforgettable look should make for a fantastic production. The competition should be pretty steep for all those want-to-be waiters auditioning for the chance to work with her on the Great White Way!