Bette Midler after Thursdayâ€™s Dallas horror: â€œCry about our beloved country. What is happening to us?â€
So now as we march to Clevelandâ€™s GOP convention with â€œHello, Donny,â€ Bette Midler is rehearsing for Broadwayâ€™s â€œHello, Dolly!â€
Be it known, the â€œHello, Dolly!â€ song was commandeered back in the Stone Age by Barry Goldwater, who used it as â€œHello, Barry!â€ Result was producer David Merrick, a donkey Democrat, brayed that they were breaking copyright law.
Then came Lyndon Johnson, who schlepped ab-fab Carol Channing from the St. James Theatre to Atlantic City, NJ, to open his â€œHello, Lyndon!â€ campaign. That phrase became LBJâ€™s rallying cry. Later, he phoned her dressing room to personally say thanks. Even later, the Johnsons, plus Jackie with young Caroline and John came to see the show.
Meanwhile, now, several potential presidents later, award-winning Channing, 1964â€™s original SRO musical-comedy smash star playing Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi from Yonkers, invited Bette to her Palm Springs, Calif., home to talk script, character, songs, tweaks, etc.
â€œHello, Dolly!â€ starring Midler figures to be such a hit that it might make he United States of Americaâ€™s historic Founding Father â€œHamiltonâ€ into an intern.
A rumor. Rumor. Just a rumor. You wonâ€™t believe it. I donâ€™t believe it. No one whoâ€™s in their right mind should believe it. But being burbled is â€” ready? â€” Bette will let Channing â€” age 95! â€” do two matinees weekly.
The showâ€™s p.r. Rick Miramontez says, â€œNot happening.â€ Producer Scott Rudin, known for his patience and politesse, thinks Iâ€™m a lunatic for asking.
OK, OK, Iâ€™m only repeating what Iâ€™m hearing.