A Divine Exit: Bette Departs HELLO DOLLY! with a Bang at the Box Office
by BWW News Desk Jan. 16, 2018
Bette Midler’s critically acclaimed and award-winning run in Hello, Dolly! came to a triumphant close on Sunday with a staggering reported gross of $2,436,207.84 over seven regular performances at the Shubert Theatre.
In addition, the eighth performance of the week and the final one of Ms. Midler’s run was a special benefit for The Actors Fund, raising an astonishing $598,203. Over the eight performances, the show grossed a total of $3,034,410.84.
Starting Saturday evening, January 20, two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters, capping a 60-years-long career of triumph after triumph as “the most accomplished musical comedy star of her generation” (The Washington Post), will take on the title role in the most successful and beloved Broadway production of the year: Hello, Dolly!, winner of the Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical.
Ms. Peters joins the astonishing list of Broadway and Hollywood luminaries who have inhabited the role, which, in addition to Ms. Midler, includes Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, in her last appearance on Broadway, and Mary Martin, who led the West End company.
Joining Ms. Peters on January 20, will be four-time Tony Award nominee and six-time Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber as Horace Vendergelder, Olivier Award nominee Charlie Stemp making his Broadway debut in the role of Barnaby Tucker, and Molly Griggs as Minnie Fay.