Friday, June 14, 2024

Bette Midler Scores Best First Day Sales in Broadway History for “Hello, Dolly!” Revival


A record was broken on Broadway over the weekend.

Bette Midler scored the best first day sales in Broadway history for her revival of “Hello, Dolly!”

The musical, also starring David Hyde Pierce, racked up $9,082,497 as tickets went on sale. Shubert Theatre presidents Bob Wankel and Phil Smith cried a little before pouring Champagne.

Jerry Zaks directs the revival, which opens on April 20th after previews begin March 15th.

Bette Midler was so happy she even Tweeted about it. I hope she knows she’ll be in that show a long time. Carol Channing didn’t miss a performance from 1964 to 1968. Pearl Bailey followed her, and Ethel Merman closed the show after seven years. It was revived briefly in theĀ  1990s with Channing, who is now five thousand years old and will be there opening night.

PS The album from this show is going to be a big hit for whichever label was smart enough to snap it up!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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