Friday, May 24, 2024

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Crashes Again During Bette Midler’s Week Off, Falls Below $1 Million


It wasn’t such a great week on Broadway for “Hello, Dolly!” Bette Midler took the week off and grosses fell by 11 percent. The week’s take fell to $913K from $2.3 million the week before. Capacity was down 11 percent.

All this points to why the whole main cast is leaving when Midler goes on January 14th. The show is being re-budgeted to real world box office when Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber take over. It also shows that this has really been Bette Midler on Broadway and not just a Broadway musical.

None of this should reflect poorly on Donna Murphy, who’s done yeoman service when Midler is off. But “Dolly!” is “Dolly!” and without a superstar like Midler, it’s going to chug along like a regular revival. Will the new team be able to keep the weekly grosses over $1 million? If they can’t we’ll see closing notices befoe winter 2018 is over.

Meanwhile producer Scott Rudin is closing one of his two other shows currently on the boards–“A Doll’s House Pt. 2.” And “1984” should shutter soon after.

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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