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

Bette Midler performs "Waterfalls" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Bette Midler performs "Waterfalls" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 5, 2014.

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 Mengerswill 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 show'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 then marked her return to the Broadway stage after a nearly 40-year absence.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s farce The MatchmakerHello, Dolly! premiered on Broadway with Carol Channing in the title role and won ten Tony Awards. Other stagings have starred Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman and Mary Martin, and the 1969 Gene Kelly-helmed film starred Barbra Streisand.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter


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