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Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Without Bette Midler Already in Trouble with Big Blocks of Unsold Seats


Bette Midler is gone, and soon “Hello, Dolly!” may be, too.

Tony winner and beloved Broadway star Bernadette Peters begins performances on January 20th, taking over for Bette Midler. And while Peters may be a spectacular Dolly, it may not matter.

For nine months “Hello, Dolly!” broke Shubert Theater house records. But soon the news is going to be dire unless the New York Times decrees that Peters’ run is a must see attraction.

For example, a look at the seating chart on for January 31st at 8pm tells a particularly scary story. Big blocks of seats are open in the orchestra at much lower prices than during the reign of the Divine Miss M.

A week later, in February, things look the same or worse:

There’s a similar situation in the mezzanine and balcony, where the back half of each section is largely unsold.

My advice” better get in to see this production before the parade passes by!

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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