Monday, September 19, 2016

Bette Midler Breaks Broadway One-Day Sales Record With Her Revival of "Hello, Dolly!"

by VVN Music

Combine the power of Bette Midler with the popularity of one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, and you get blockbuster ticket sales.

Midler recently announced that she would star in a revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Schubert Theatre starting in March with co-star David Hyde Pierce (Frasier). This weekend, tickets for the show went on sale with first day sales totaling $9,082,497, the most ever taken in for a Broadway show on the first day of sales.

This is Midler's sixth trip onto the boards with her first trip being early in her career when she took over the role of Tzeitel, the oldest daughter in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof. She followed with three concert extravaganza's, Bette Midler (1973), Bette Midler's Clams on a Half Shell Revue (1975) and Bette! Divine Madness (1979) along with the one woman show I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers (2013). She also starred in the TV adaptation of the show Gypsy.

Hello, Dolly!, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Mame, La Cage aux Folles) and book by Michael Stewart, was based on Thorton Wilder's The Matchmaker. The original production, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, opened on January 16, 1964 with Carol Channing, David Burns, Charles Nelson Reilly and Eileen Brennan. It won a record ten Tony Awards, a mark that it held for 37 years.

Channing had a long run in the show before being replaced by Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman. When it closed in 1970, it had played 2,844 performances, the most to that time for a musical and the third longest run overall.

The show has previously be revived three times, in 1975 with Bailey and in 1978 and 1995 with Channing.

Hello, Dolly! will start previews on March 15 with an opening scheduled for April 20.