The Divine Miss M is heading “back where she belongs” — to a Broadway stage belting out the tunes for “Hello, Dolly!”
Producer Scott Rudin calls Bette Midler his “dream Dolly” for the revival of the classic musical.
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When it opens in the spring of 2017, the show will be the first new production of “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway since the original opened fifty years ago. The original, starring Carol Channing, won 10 Tony Awards.
Midler, who turned 70 on December 1, made her broadway debut in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1967 and as a singer has since sold 35 million albums. She has also won a Tony, three Grammys and twice been nominated for an Oscar.
Rudin says she has the “outsized personality for a 21st Century Dolly.”
“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American musical comedy,” Midler said. “I know I’m going to have the time of my life.”
(WATCH a great video of Bette spontaneously singing for Barbara Walters) –Photo: Alan Light, CC
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