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There Will Be An Exception To Bette Midler’s ‘Hello Dolly’

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By Cindy Adams February 21, 2016 | 10:07pm

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More than 1,000 hopeful human felines scratched together for the latest batch of “Cats.” Final purring and meowing gets decided next week in front of big kitty-lover Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“Hello, Dolly!’s” freshest incarnation won’t do the expected accepted mandatory eight weekly performances. Bette Midler will hello us seven times only.

Broadway’s become Boffway. Clashes, bashes. Clinkers at one incoming musical. Everyone’s out of tune, but they’re now trying to make nice. Translation: Nobody is going psycho.

Another soon-due musical’s major investor just backed out. Problem is a big problem. Everyone’s seeing stars since the star is also the Star of the creative team. To quote that old “Guys and Dolls” song, “More I cannot tell you.”

“The Humans.” Before you sit or get a Playbill, ushers say: “No intermission; 90 minutes. If you leave for any reason, there’s no returning to your seat.” So if heading to the Helen Hayes Theatre, pee first.

Nathan Lane’s “Front Page” is making a little front-page news itself. Co-star suggestion is John Slattery, whose “Spotlight” is up for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Popcorn, Best Whatever. But young’uns, arguing he’s too senior, want younger, sexier. They’re panting for Jake Gyllenhaal.

Rick Miramontez, p.r. for Lupita Nyong’o’s “Eclipsed,” about women, for women, enacted by women, says first preview Tuesday at the Golden is before a handpicked selected audience. All VIP women. He did not invite me.

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2 thoughts on “There Will Be An Exception To Bette Midler’s ‘Hello Dolly’

  1. Mr. D, have I asked you what you thought of the choice of musical for Miss M? I’m watching Streisand’s version and I’m not finding catchy songs. Although Dolly Levi is one of the best American musical theater roles, do you think it was a good bet?

    1. Yes. I think it was a good choice. They’ve been after her to do this for ages. It takes a unique talent to bring Dolly to life and I can’t think of anyone better than Miss M. Mame would’ve been an equally good choice.

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