First the cast was ill, now the audience is dropping!
After we reported that a batch of star David Hyde Pierce’s cookies allegedly sickened some of his colleagues backstage at the first preview of “Hello, Dolly,” the second preview was temporarily halted when a tourist fainted. (No cookies involved!)
But the 53-year-old refused to go to the hospital when he came to, risking his health to stay at the theater.
At the Bette Midler show — which has instantly become Broadway’s hottest ticket, raking in $1.4 million in its first five performances — a source told us, “Around halfway through the first act,” an audience member visiting from LA, “started to feel dizzy and made his way to the aisle. But he lost consciousness and collapsed before the end of his row.”
The show was halted, and paramedics were called and took him to the lobby. “When he regained consciousness, they checked his vitals and insisted he should go straight to the hospital,” the source said. The guy refused, exclaiming, “I’d sooner die than miss Act 2!”
Producer Scott Rudin even invited him to come see the show again.