Sunday, March 3, 2024

Broadway: Bette Midler Goes on 2 Week Vacation and Tickets Are Suddenly Available Like Crazy


Goodbye, Dolly. Hello, Donna. Last night Donna Murphy stepped into the role of Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” and I’m sure she was just great. For one thing, she’s the right age. Second, she
is a real bona fide Broadway star. Her “King and I” remains one of the landmark shows of all time.

So Murphy took over last night and guess what? There are seats galore at the Shubert Theater! If you want to see “Hello, Dolly!” and pay a normal price for a good seat– like $119 for front row mezzanine– now is the time. I may do it myself since there were no press seats for this show, and Midler’s tickets come in at an unforgiving $500.

Bette is out for two weeks– til July 9th– and then has all sorts of breaks through the end of the year. At that point my guess is “Hello, Dolly!” will wrap its cash register run unless they can find a Really Big Star to take over. Ru Paul, anyone? (I still say Dolly Parton is the way to go.)

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Hello, Dolly! Fri June 30 mezzanine on the left, orchestra on the right. Monday box office numbers are going to hurt.

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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