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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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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Betty Buckley-Led HELLO, DOLLY! Tour Will Makes Stops in LA, Chicago & More; Full Itinerary Announced

Broadway World
Betty Buckley-Led HELLO, DOLLY! Tour Will Makes Stops in LA, Chicago & More; Full Itinerary Announced
by BWW News Desk Jul. 16, 2018

Betty Buckely

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will star in the first national tour of Hello, Dolly!, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, beginning September 30, 2018 in the Connor Palace at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. The full tour itinerary is as follows:

Cleveland, OH USA
Sept 30 – Oct 21
Connor Palace

Chicago, IL USA
Oct 23 – Nov 17
Oriental Theatre

Miami, FL USA
Nov 20 – Nov 25
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Orlando, FL USA
Nov 27 – Dec 2
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tampa, FL USA
Dec 4 – Dec 9
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

West Palm Beach, FL USA
Dec 11 – Dec 16
Raymond F. Kravis Center For The Performing Arts

Tempe, AZ USA
Jan 8, 2019 – Jan 13, 2019
ASU Gammage

San Diego, CA USA
Jan 15, 2019 – Jan 20, 2019
San Diego Civic Theatre

Costa Mesa, CA USA
Jan 22, 2019 – Jan 27, 2019
Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Los Angeles, CA USA
Jan 29, 2019 – Feb 17, 2019
Pantages Theatre – Los Angeles

San Francisco, CA USA
Feb 19, 2019 – Mar 17, 2019
Golden Gate Theatre

Las Vegas, NV USA
Mar 19, 2019 – Mar 24, 2019
The Smith Center

Denver, CO USA
Mar 27, 2019 – Apr 7, 2019
Buell Theatre

Des Moines, IA USA
Apr 9, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019
Des Moines Civic Center

Minneapolis, MN USA
Apr 16, 2019 – Apr 28, 2019
Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis

Nashville, TN USA
Apr 30, 2019 – May 5, 2019
Andrew Jackson Hall At Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Columbus, OH USA
May 7, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Ohio Theatre

Louisville, KY USA
May 14, 2019 – May 19, 2019
Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts

Durham, NC USA
May 21, 2019 – May 26, 2019
Durham Performing Arts Center

Greenville, SC USA
May 28, 2019 – Jun 2, 2019
Peace Center For The Performing Arts

Washington, DC USA
Jun 4, 2019 – Jul 7, 2019
Opera House (DC)

Charlotte, NC USA
Jul 9, 2019 – Jul 14, 2019
Belk Theater

Dallas, TX USA
Jul 17, 2019 – Jul 28, 2019
Music Hall At Fair Park

Boston, MA USA
Aug 6, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019
Opera House (MA)

Ms. Buckley, dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” joins the astonishing list of show business luminaries who have inhabited the role, including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, in her last appearance on Broadway, Mary Martin, who led the West End company, and most recently in this celebrated new production, Bette Midler, Donna Murphy, and Bernadette Peters.

Led by four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the entire creative team of the Broadway production will reprise their roles for the national tour of Hello, Dolly!, including four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Andy Einhorn (Music Direction), Tony Award winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Tony Award winner Don Pippin (Vocal Arrangements), David Chase (Dance Arrangements), and Telsey + Company (Casting).

This Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of the classic musical (based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker) to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, pays tribute to the work of its original director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Bette Midler Hello, Dolly! Pushes Back First Preview by Two Days

Bette Midler Hello, Dolly! Pushes Back First Preview by Two Days
AUG 04, 2016


Bette Midler’s Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! has pushed back the date of its first preview from March 13 to March 15, 2017. No reason for the change was announced.

Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce ( Curtains, Frasier) will co-star as Horance Vandergelder opposite Midler’s Dolly Gallagher Levi in the revival of the blockbuster 1964 musical.

Hello Dolly!

The production will play the Shubert Theatre, current home of the Tony-winning Mailda the Musical, which will play its final performance at the Broadway venue January 1, 2017.

As previously reported, four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will direct, and Tony winner Warren Carlyle will choreograph the production, which is scheduled to open April 20.

The title role, one of the greatest leading lady roles in musical theatre, was written for Ethel Merman, but ultimately originated by Carol Channing, who won the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical for the role, and also starred in the most recent Broadway revival of the musical in 1995. During its original run the role was played by Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Mary Martin, Phyllis Diller, Bibi Osterwald, Thelma Carpenter, Pearl Bailey and, at last, Merman.

Scott Rudin produces.

The show has a book by Michael Stewart, based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, and a score by Jerry Herman. It won a then-record ten Tony Awards in 1964, including Best Musical, and ran 2,844 performances making it briefly the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Carol Channing Denies She Will Play Hello, Dolly! Matinees

Carol Channing Denies She Will Play Hello, Dolly! Matinees
JUL 12, 2016


Carol Channing’s fans will be disappointed to learn that Broadway’s original will definitely not be playing matinees in the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler.

New York Post columnist Cindy Adams reported July 11 that Bette Midler, star of the upcoming Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, would let Channing, 95, play two matinees per week in the production.

Though Adams quoted both the producer Scott Rudin and the publicist Rick Miramontez emphatically denying the story, Adams wrote, “A rumor. Rumor. Just a rumor. You won’t believe it. I don’t believe it. No one who’s in their right mind should believe it. But being burbled is — ready? — Bette will let Channing — age 95! — do two matinees weekly.”

Channing put the kibosh on that rumor with the following statement to Playbill.com July 12: “At no point has the topic of my filling in on matinees been discussed, with either the production company or with Bette. In fact, I find the very suggestion to be an insult to Bette.”

Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will direct, and Tony winner Warren Carlyle will choreograph the production, which will begin Broadway previews March 13, 2017, and open April 20 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

Here is Channing singing “Before the Parade Passes By” at the 1971 Tony Awards:

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hello Dolly; A Classic Returns, Singing All The Way

Paul’s Valley Democrat
A classic returns, singing all the way
Mike Arie Jun 26, 2016


I had the great pleasure to enjoy a number of Dolly Levi encounters. Mrs. Levi is the name of the leading character in the Tony Award winning musical “Hello, Dolly!” with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, a book by Michael Stewart and based on “The Matchmaker,” a play by Thornton Wilder.

David Merrick was the legendary producer of the original 1964 production and over the years, it was a Broadway and touring showcase for a number of great ladies of theatre and film, from Ethel Merman and Mary Martin to Ginger Rogers.

Enter, stage left, Carol Channing, who would win a Tony Award as the original Dolly and for nearly four decades, tour the nation playing the role in thousands of performances. I was able to savor stops and up close and personal encounters along Dolly’s journey into theatre history. Enjoy!

The first: Mr. Merrick was a man well ahead of his time. He assembled the first all African-American cast with Pearl Bailey as Dolly and legendary crooner, Cab Calloway as Horace Vandergelder, Dolly’s love interest.

The Broadway matinee I saw turned out to be on Ms. Bailey’s birthday and after the final curtain, she and the cast staged a party on stage where Ms. Bailey performed a comedy routine for the ages.

The second: I saw one of Ms. Channing’s performances in LA, (she loved to tour and was legendary for never missing a performance), and an extra bonus was that a former summer theatre colleague of mine was in the cast in a leading character role. Michael would tour with Ms. Channing off and on for years.

The third: After the aforementioned LA production, Michael invited us backstage to meeting Miss Channing in her dressing room.

She is also well-known for never forgetting who she meets. Regrettably, I may never have an opportunity to test that out. Most memorable of all was that she was lovely and gracious after an already long evening.

Finally: A few years later, we enjoyed seeing Miss Channing and lifelong friend George Burns at Chasen’s, the famous Beverly Hills restaurant. It was one of former President Ronald Reagan’s favorite places and was a prominent fixture during his ‘Western’ White House years.

The spring 2017 Broadway edition of “Hello, Dolly!” will star Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce, established stars in their own right. Ms. Midler from music and film and Mr. Pierce from television and theatre. As the production evolves, what will be interesting to follow are these two points:

• What to do with a weak book: As I have commented on before, for today’s audiences, I am not certain that the story will hold their attention. The reason producer’s bring in major stars is to balance out today’s expectations and yesterdays winning formula.

• Will they revive the famous Gower Champion choreography? Mr. Champion’s memorable work was more than just the Harmonia Gardens scene with the dancing waiters and an historic song.

Coming soon: The SpongeBob Musical. Based on the popular cartoon, it begins its run up to Broadway in Chicago. The nation’s Bicentennial takes stage once again, 40 years removed. Some personal, and ‘dramatic’ reflections.

“It’s so nice to have you back, where you belong,” in our town.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

BetteBack 1974: Bette Midler And Ahmet Ertegun Attend Frank Sinatra’s Comeback Concert

Apr. 22, 1974

It was an oldsters’ Woodstock. Some 2,800 mostly middle-aged fans roared and stamped as a stouter, hoarser Frank Sinatra, 58, opened his eight-city “comeback” tour with a concert at Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall.

The audience, which included Ginger Rogers, Cristina Ford, Freddie Brisson and Bette Midler, paid up to $150 a ticket. Several women screamed “You’re still gorgeous!” as the Voice swung into standards from his pre-Mia Farrow period like Here’s That Rainy Day and I Get a Kick Out of You.

If Frankie no longer sings with the glandular whine that made him the nation’s No. 1 crooner for almost three decades, he still has his ineffable timing and cheek.

Sipping red wine and slipping in a commercial for the brand, Frankie teased New York’s minuscule mayor Abe Beame (5 ft. 2 in.), whom he spotted in the audience. Cracked Frank: “The mayor is not in black tie tonight. Tatum O’Neal got the tuxedo first.” Then he toasted the city where his career began in 1943: “I’ve had some of my best fights here.”

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