It has been announced that the incredible Miss M will return to Broadway in Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly.
Bette Midler has already given us a great performance as Mamma Rose in a television adaptation of Gypsy. Ethel Merman played Rose in the original Broadway production of Gypsy. Coincidentally Hello Dolly was originally written for Ethel Merman but the lead role of Dolly went to Carol Channing who continued to play the role into her 70s. Merman would eventually play the role. It would be the last time she starred on Broadway before her death in 1984.
Hello Dolly is the story of Dolly Levi a widow who realizes she has hidden herself away for too long and that it is time for her to “rejoin the human race” Dolly’s plans to get back into life is to marry the richest man in Yonkers New York, Horace Vandergelder. She schemes her way into Vandergelder’s life causing comedy all along the way. It is a musical full of joy, and about the desire to live life to its fullest potential. The title song became a standard for Louis Armstrong and became the song that Lyndon Johnson would use in the 1964 presidential election.
Hello Dolly opened 0n January 16, 1964 and walked away with several Tony Awards including Best Musical. It was originally directed by Gower Champion. The title song would go on to be a jingel for mat products over the years. Other memorable numbers are “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Before The Parade Passes By” and the romantic “It Only Takes A Moment”
Hello Dolly is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017.