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Bette Midler Set To Break Broadway Salary Record With Hello, Dolly!

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Bette Midler Set To Break Broadway Record With Hello, Dolly!
25 January 2016

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Veteran Actress/singer Bette Midler Is Reportedly Set To Become The Highest Paid Star In Broadway History When She Returns To The Stage In A New Production Of Hello, Dolly! Next Year (17).

The Beaches star will take on the title role of meddling Dolly Levi, previously played by veteran actress Carol Channing, in the 2017 show, and a new report suggests she has scored a record-breaking salary package.

Midler will earn $150,000 (£100,000) per week, plus a percentage of the box office takings, merchandise money and a pay rise if the show brings in $1 million (£666,667) per week, according to editors of New York Post gossip column Page Six, who report the deal will make her the highest-paid actor in Broadway history.

The package will reportedly put Midler ahead of fellow Hollywood star Julia Roberts, who is also said to have earned $150,000 (£100,000) per week for her role in 2006 production Three Days of Rain.

Rehearsals for Hello, Dolly! begin in January, 2017 ahead of a planned opening night on 20 April, 2017. Midler last performed on the Broadway stage in 2013 one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.

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