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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BetteBack August 19, 1975: Bette Midler Says Lawrence Welk Dissed Her

Wichita Falls Times
August 19, 1975


Bette Midler said in Playgirl magazine that Lawrence Welk was once supposed to dance with her on the Mike Douglas show, but he wouldn’t – he thought I was a dirty little girl” . . . Pearl Bailey’s daughter, Dee, 16, is traveling with Pearl’s “Hello, Dolly!” company, so Bill Daniel’s daughter Dominique, 16, came along to keep her company.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Photo: Bette & David Hyde Pierce backstage at Hello Dolly

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Broadway Grosses: Bette Midler’s Hello, Dolly! Return Breaks Two Million at the Box Office

Los Angeles Musical Theater
Broadway Grosses: Bette Midler’s Hello, Dolly! Return Breaks Two Million at the Box Office
By Staff
July 24, 2017

Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce

Bette Midler made her way back down the staircase at Harmonia Gardens Restaurant on July 17, reprising her Tony-winning turn in the acclaimed Broadway staging of Hello, Dolly! Joined by her original leading man, David Hyde Pierce, Midler ignited the box office, with the Tony-winning production posting a gross of $2,062,015.00, nearly filling the Shubert Theatre to full capacity. With just five weeks left to see The Divine Miss M onstage, now couldn’t be a better time to book your tickets to the hottest-ticket revival is town.

Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 22:

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bette Midler & David Hyde Pierce return to Hello, Dolly! on Broadway

New York Theatre Guide
Bette Midler & David Hyde Pierce return to Hello, Dolly! on Broadway
The Tony Award-winning Broadway revival plays its final performance at the Shubert Theatre on August 25, 2018.
July 17, 2018

David Hyde Pierce, Bette Midler

Back Where They Belong! Tony Award winners and original cast members Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce return to their respective roles of Dolly Levi Gallagher and Horave Vandergelder in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre tonight. The pair are scheduled to remain with the production for the final six weeks of its acclaimed Broadway run through to August 25, 2018.

Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters and four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber both played their final performances in the revival on July 15.

Ms. Midler previously released the following statement: “I am delighted to return to the scene of one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I know the brilliant Bernadette Peters enjoyed her turn as much as I did. Dolly Levi is one of the most joyful characters in Broadway history, and Bernadette and I were lucky to to be able to step into her glorious shoes.”

The principal cast of Hello, Dolly! currently includes Tony Award winner Bette Midler (as Dolly Levi Gallagher), Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce (as Horace Vandergelder), Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (as Cornelius Hackl), Olivier Award nominee Charlie Stemp (as Barnaby Tucker), Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (as Irene Molloy), Molly Griggs (as Minnie Fay), Will Burton (as Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (as Ermengarde), and Alli Mauzey (as Ernestina).

The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! began previews on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on April 20.

The classic musical features a book by Michael Stewart, with music & lyrics by Jerry Herman.

Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, this production features choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, based on the original work by Gower Champion.

Synopsis: “At the turn of the 20th century, all of New York City is excited because widowed but brassy Dolly Gallagher Levi is in town. Dolly makes a living primarily through matchmaking and is currently seeking a wife for grumpy Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, but it becomes clear that Dolly intends to marry Horace herself.”

The creative team aslo features scenic & costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Scott Lehrer, music direction by Andy Einhorn, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, vocal arrangements by Don Pippin, and dance arrangements by Glen Kelly.

At the 71st Annual Tony Awards, the production took home the trophy for “Best Revival of a Musical,” as well as “Best Costume Design of a Musical,” “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical” (for Gavin Creel) and “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” (for Bette Midler).

Hello, Dolly! first premiered on Broadway at the St James Theatre in 1964, picking up a grand total of 10 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” It has since been revived three times – 1975 at the Minskoff Theatre, and 1978 and 1995 both at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. A film adaptation was released in 1969, directed by Gene Kelly and starring Barbra Streisand.

A National Tour, starring Tony Award-winning legend Betty Buckley, launches at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 2, 2018.

Hello, Dolly! Tickets are available now for performances through to August 25, 2018.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce Return to Hello, Dolly! on Broadway July 17 (Today!)

Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce Return to Hello, Dolly! on Broadway July 17
JUL 17, 2018
She’s back home where she belongs.

David Hyde Pierce, Bette Midler


David Hyde Pierce and Bette Midler Noam Galai/Getty Images for “Hello, Dolly

Bette Midler steps back into the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! beginning July 17, reprising her Tony-winning performance as title matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi. Joining her is her original co-star David Hyde Pierce, who returns to the role of Horace Vandergelder.

The two succeed Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber, who joined the company in January and took their final bows at the Shubert Theatre July 15.

Midler and Pierce, who opened the production in April 2017, will play a six-week limited engagement and close out the Tony-winning revival when it shutters August 25.

The current cast also includes Tony winner Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Charlie Stemp as Barnaby Tucker, Molly Griggs as Minnie Fay, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde, and Alli Mauzey as Ernestina.

As she did during Midler’s original run, fellow Tony winner Donna Murphy will take the stage as Dolly at select performances, playing Sunday matinees July 22–August 19, as well as August 20.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bette Midler Returns To Hello Dolly July 17th Till The Final Closing August 25th 2018

July 17

Bette Midler & David Hyde Pierce in Hello, Dolly!
(Photo by Julieta Cervantes?)

Back where she belongs! The incomparable Bette Midler returns to her Tony Award-winning role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the acclaimed revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre on July 17. She will be joined by her co-star and original cast member David Hyde Pierce, who reprises his Tony-nominated performance as Horace Vandergelder, for the final weeks of the Broadway run, culminating on August 25. Whatever you do, don’t let this parade pass you by!

Hello, Dolly! Tickets are available now for performances through to August 25, 2018.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

God, This Is So Frustating & I Can’t Understand In The Morning LOL – The Triple Crown of Acting. That’s when a performer manages the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony for acting. To date only 24* actors have accomplished this

The Film Experience
List-Mania: Glenda Jackson & Lots of Triple-Crown Acting Trivia
Tuesday, June 12, 20
By Nathaniel R.

Bette Midler, Barbra Hershey, Beaches, Lounges

Since I’m on record as being annoyed that all anyone cares about is the EGOT it’s time to celebrate our preferred obsession: The Triple Crown of Acting. That’s when a performer manages the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony for acting. To date only 24* actors have accomplished this, with Glenda Jackson being the most recent recipient as of this past Sunday night at the Tony Awards. Triple Crowns have become much more commonplace in the 21st century since actors move much more fluidly through the three mediums than they did in before the turn of the century. TV has totally lost its stigma for movie stars and Broadway is more welcome to very short runs freeing major stars up to continue with their movie and TV careers without as much scheduling trauma. A TRUCKLOAD OF TRIVIA AFTER THE JUMP…

Note: We use film years for Oscar so don’t try to correct us on dates — Emmy and Tony don’t run on January to December calendar so the dates coincide with the ceremony!

Jack Albertson (Tony: 65, Oscar: 68, Emmy: 75)
Anne Bancroft (Tony: 58, Oscar: 62, Emmy: 99)
Ingrid Bergman (Oscar: 44, Tony: 47, Emmy: 60)
Ingrid is the youngest to complete the triple -she did it by 45 years of age.
Shirley Booth (Tony: 49, Oscar: 52, Emmy: 62)
Ellen Burstyn (Oscar: 74, Tony: 77, Emmy: 09)
Viola Davis (Tony: 01, Emmy: 15, Oscar: 16)
Melvyn Douglas (Tony: 60, Oscar: 63, Emmy: 68)
Did you know that this Hud star was Illeanna Douglas’s grandfather? I certainly didn’t.
Helen Hayes (Oscar: 31, Tony 47, Emmy: 53)
IMDb does not state what her Emmy was for so who knows if she’s a special case or not. We recently discussed her second Oscar win in Airport.
Jeremy Irons (Tony: 84, Oscar: 90, Emmy: 97)
Glenda Jackson (Oscar: 70, Emmy: 72, Tony: 18)
The oldest triple crowner and also the one who took by far the longest to complete it –it took her almost half a century!
Jessica Lange (Oscar: 82, Emmy: 09, Tony: 16)
Frances McDormand (Oscar: 96, Tony: 11, Emmy: 15)
Helen Mirren (Emmy: 96, Oscar: 06, Tony: 15)
And yes she won all three for playing Queens named Elizabeth! Though she has multiple Emmys so she’s won for other roles, too.
Thomas Mitchell (Oscar: 39, Tony: 53, Emmy: 53)
Rita Moreno (Oscar: 61, Tony: 75, Emmy: 77)
The second youngest to the Triple. She was 46 when she completed it with the Emmy for The Muppet Show. She was also the first person of color to complete the triple.
Al Pacino (Tony: 69, Oscar: 92, Emmy: 04)
Christopher Plummer (Tony: 74, Emmy: 77, Oscar: 11)
Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar: 77, Emmy: 81, Tony: 03)
Jason Robards (Tony: 59, Oscar: 76, Emmy: 88)
Geoffrey Rush (Oscar: 96, Emmy: 05, Tony: 09)
Paul Scofield (Tony: 62, Oscar: 66, Emmy: 69)
The youngest male to Triple. He was 47 when he completed it with the Emmy for Male of the Species
Maggie Smith (Oscar: 69, Tony: 90, Emmy: 03)
Maureen Stapleton (Tony: 51, Emmy: 68, Oscar: 81)
Jessica Tandy (Tony: 78, Emmy: 88, Oscar: 89)
Weird Statistic
The Emmy, which seems like the easiest to win since they have so many categories, is actually won last by the majority of Triple Crowners! How about that?


Only missing the Oscar which is obviously the hardest to win!:
(number of Oscar nominations acting only in parentheses)

Jane Alexander (4), Mary Alice (0), Christine Baranski (0), Ellen Barkin (0), Stockard Channing (1), Kristin Chenowith (0), Glenn Close (6), Bryan Cranston (1), Tyne Daly (0), Blythe Danner (0), Dick Van Dyke (0), Laurence Fishburne (1), Neil Patrick Harris (0), Rosemary Harris (1), George Hearn (0), Judd Hirsch (1), Hal Holbrook (1), Cherry Jones (0), Shirley Knight (2), Swoosie Kurtz (0), Anthony LaPaglia (0), John Larroquette (0), Ron Leibman (0), John Lithgow (2), Laurie Metcalf (1), Debra Monk (0), Michael Moriarty (0), Bebe Neuwirth (0), Cynthia Nixon (0), Mary-Louise Parker (0), Mandy Patinkin (0), David Hyde Pierce (0), Amanda Plummer (0), Diana Rigg (0), Tony Shalhoub (0), Cicely Tyson (1), and Jeffrey Wright (0)

Only missing the Tony:
(number of Tony nominations in parentheses. If they haven’t done any theater in New York in the last 25 years they have an x after the parentheses… the people with an x will never triple crown because they never do Broadway or stopped doing it after becoming famous or retired from acting or whatnot)

Patricia Arquette (0)x, Kathy Bates (1)x, Halle Berry (0)x, Michael Douglas (0)x, Faye Dunaway (0)x, Sally Field (1), Jane Fonda (2), Louis Gossett Jr (0), Anne Hathaway (0), Dustin Hoffman (1), Anthony Hopkins (0)x, Helen Hunt (0), Holly Hunter (0), Allison Janney (2), Tommy Lee Jones (0)x, Nicole Kidman (0), Cloris Leachman (0)x, Melissa Leo (0), Julianne Moore (0), Gwyneth Paltrow (0)x, Eva Marie Saint (0)x, Meryl Streep (1), Dame Emma Thompson (0)x, Dianne Wiest (0), Kate Winslet (0)x, and Joanne Woodward (0)x

Only missing the Emmy:
(number of Emmy acting only nominations in parentheses)

Dame Judi Dench (3), Joel Grey (1), Marcia Gay Harden (2), Kevin Kline (2), Eddie Redmayne (0), Mercedes Ruehl (0), Mark Rylance (1), Kevin Spacey (6), Denzel Washington (0), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (0)

NOTE: Anne Hathaway (35) and Eddie Redmayne (36) will break the “youngest to a triple crown” record if they manage to win their last of the big three prizes in the next nine years.


Annette Bening and Sigourney Weaver are the only living female performers with nominations in all three fields of acting without ever winning ANY of them. ARGH! On the male side of the equation the same is true of Mark Ruffalo and Ed Harris. Shaking my damn head! (Kathleen Turner and Jude Law are almost in a similar boat having delivered stellar work in all three mediums with only 1 measly Oscar nomination and 2 Tony nominations to show for it in Turner’s case, and 2 measly Oscar nominations and 2 Tony nominations in Jude’s case. It still horrifies us that Turner didn’t get at least an Emmy nomination for her indelible work on Friends as Chandler’s dad.)

Naturally those are some of our very favorite actors. The ‘business we call show‘ loves to torture us!

Sarah Paulson, Patricia Clarkson, Mare Winningham, The Lovely Laura Linney, Marisa Tomei, Martha Plimpton and Joan Allen — a seismic group of women as far as talent goes — all work all three mediums regularly but only have the Emmy or the Oscar of the three key prizes.


Multiple Tonys and Other Showbiz Nominations
Matthew Broderick (2 Tonys, 1 Emmy nomination), Brian Dennehy (2 Tonys and 6 Emmy nominations), Judith Ivey (2 Tonys and 1 Emmy nomination), Nathan Lane (3 Tonys, 6 Emmy nominations), Frank Langella (4 Tonys, 1 Oscar nomination, 1 Emmy nomination), Angela Lansbury (5 Tonys, 3 Oscar nominations and 1 Honorary Oscar, 18 Emmy nominations), Judith Light (2 Tonys, 3 Emmy nominations), Patti LuPone (2 Tonys and 1 Emmy nomination), and Bernadette Peters (2 Tonys and 2 Emmy nominations)

Single Tonys and Other Showbiz Nominations
Joan Allen (Tony + 3 Oscar nominations, 2 Emmy nominations), Blair Brown (1 Tony and 5 Emmy nominations), Diahann Carroll (Tony + 4 Emmy nominations and 1 Oscar nomination), Stephen Dillane (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination), Andrew Garfield (Tony + 1 Oscar nomination) John Benjamin Hickey (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination) Sir Ian Holm (Tony + 1 Oscar nomination, 2 Emmy nominations), Jane Krakowski (Tony + 5 Emmy nominations), Sir Ian McKellen (Tony + 2 Oscar nominations, 5 Emmy nominations), Janet McTeer (Tony + 2 Oscar nominations, 1 Emmy nomination), Brían F O’Byrne (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination), Denis O’Hare (Tony+ and 3 Emmy nominations), Sophie Okonedo (Tony + 1 Oscar nomination), Phylicia Rashad (Tony + 3 Emmy nominations), Liev Schreiber (Tony + 6 Emmy nominations), and B.D. Wong (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination).

When is Sutton Foster going to be Emmy nominated? She’s already deserved nominations for two separate series: Bunheads and Younger.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Get The Limited Supply Of The Bette Midler Hello Dolly Press Book 100 Pages + Before They Become Even More Expensive Collector’s Items

Hello Dolly Press Book 100 Pages +
Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel
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Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. Hello, Dolly! Was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and nine other Tonys. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatres hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was a 1969 film nominated for seven Academy Awards.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bette Midler Returning to ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to Close Out the Broadway Revival, July 17 to August 25, When The Show Will Close. Tickets On Sale April 28th

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Bette Midler Returning to ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to Close Out the Broadway Revival
Posted: 10:10 AM, April 20, 2018

Bette Midler couldn’t stay away from the “lights of 14th street.”

The Tony Award winner will return to the title role she originated in the current revival of Hello, Dolly! Her former co-star, David Hyde Pierce, who played Horace Vandergelder, will join her in the limited six-week engagement from July 17 to August 25, when the show will close.

“I am delighted to return to the scene of one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Midler said in a statement of her triumphant encore performance.

Bernadette Peters, who took over for Bette Midler in January will conclude her luminous run as Dollyon July 15, and hand back over that famous red dress. “I am enjoying myself and the audience is enjoying it. It’s just wonderful to be such an iconic wonderfully written role,” the three-time Tony Award winner told ET on her opening night.

The revival of Jerry Herman’s 1964 musical has been a monster hit at the box office, though ticket sales have taken a dip since Midler left the show. During her final week in January, the show raked in a remarkable $2.4 million, thanks in part to premium ticket sales, while sales for the week ending April 15 came in just over $1 million, still nearly three quarters the potential gross for the theater.

Replacing Pierce was Victor Garber, who told ET he jumped at the chance to be reunited with Peters. “It’s what you call a no-brainer,” he said.

Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway one year ago on April 20, 2017.

The first national tour of Hello, Dolly! kicks off October 2, 2018 in the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, starring another Tony Award-winning legend, Betty Buckley.

Tickets for the performances at which Ms. Midler is appearing will go on sale at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on April 28.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BetteBack July 1, 1975: ‘Clams’ Breaks Broadway’s Box Office Record

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