Bette Midler is a busy bee lately. She’s featured in Marc Jacobs new ad campaign and will appear in an upcoming HBO biopic about Mae West. And now it was just announced she will star in a 2017 Broadway revival of the musical Hello, Dolly! produced by mega-producer Scott Rudin. She was last on Broadway in a one-woman play about super-agent Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last. (I saw it. She was amazing, as always!) Now she’ll play the title role of Dolly Levi, originated by Carol Channing on Broadway in 1964 and played in the 1969 movie by Barbra Streisand. The musical, with songs by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mame ) and book by Michael Stewart, will be directed by Broadway veteran Jerry Zaks (Six Degrees of Separation, Guys and Dolls) and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (After Midnight), with a nod to the work of original director-choreographer Gower Champion.
Midler, who’s wanted to play Dolly for YEARS, seems a natural for the flamboyant lead of of the show, and the match will draw musical-theater queens in DROVES. The new revival of the show has its dates all lined up — beginning previews March 13, 2017 ahead of an April 20, 2017 opening — but a theater isn’t locked just yet. (via Variety)