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‘Hello, Dolly!’ Shatters Shubert Theatre Box Office Record

April 3rd, 2017 Comments off

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The new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler has just, in its third week of preview performances, shattered the house record for the highest weekly gross of any show in the history of the Sam S. Shubert Theatre.  (The Shubert Theatre was built in 1913.)  The record-breaking gross of $1,965,673.00 was achieved in just seven performances over the week ending Sunday, April 2.  The previous record, of $1,902,189.44, was set by Matilda over the 9-performance week ending January 1, 2017. 

This production of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!,  has quickly become the hottest ticket of the year, having previously broken the records for the best first day of ticket sales and the largest pre-performance advance sale in Broadway history.

Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle,Hello, Dolly! began performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on March 15, 2017, and will officially open on April 20, 2017

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Hello, Donna! Donna Murphy to Step in for Bette Midler

October 20th, 2016 Comments off
Donna Murphy (photo: Kevin Mazur via The Broadway Blog)

Donna Murphy (photo: Kevin Mazur via The Broadway Blog)

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that, beginning Tuesday, June 13, two-time Tony Award-winner and one of Broadway’s most treasured stars, Donna Murphy, will step into the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi for Tuesday evening performances of the upcoming Broadway revival of Michael Stewart’s (book) and Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics) Hello, Dolly!, starring the legendary Bette Midler.  (Ms. Murphy will also take over the role during Ms. Midler’s vacations.)

Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.

An award-winning star of stage and screen, Ms. Murphy has captivated audiences and critics alike with the depth and range of her work, including Tony Award-winning performances in Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Passion and Rodgers & Hammerstein’sThe King and I, Tony nominated performances in Wonderful Town, LoveMusik and The People in the Picture, and The Witch in The Public Theater’s acclaimed production of Into The Woods.

Ms. Murphy earned a Daytime Emmy for her work in HBO’s “Someone Had to Benny,” and her many TV credits include the PBS period drama Mercy Street, ABC’s Resurrection, VH1’s Hindsight, The Good Wife,and Royal Pains. On the big screen, Ms. Murphy was last seen in The Bourne Legacy, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse and Vera Farmiga’sHigher Ground. Her other memorable film performances include The Nanny Diaries, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, and the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney’s hit animated feature Tangled.

This news ends months of speculation about the casting of an alternate Dolly, which led to the creation of the Twitter account @MatineeDolly and hashtag #matineedolly.

This new production of Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of this classic musical to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

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Sally Struthers Steps Into “Hello, Dolly!” 50th Anniversary Tour

October 7th, 2013 Comments off
Sally Struthers (www.hellodollyontour.com)

Sally Struthers (www.hellodollyontour.com)

The parade is about to pass by, this time with beloved star of stage and screen, Sally Struthers, stepping into the iconic role of Dolly Levi. Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hello, Dolly! features Broadway favorites including “It Only Takes a Moment” and “Before the Parade Passes By.”

Struthers is a two-time Emmy Award Winner for her role on All in the Family. On stage she has appeared in the 20th anniversary tour of Annie as Miss Hannigan and toured for more than two years in Tommy Tune’s revival of Grease as “Miss Lynch.”

For 30 years, Struthers has also advocated for health care and education around the world, visiting many Third World countries and filming public service announcements and documentaries to raise funds and awareness.

Take a peek at what Struthers has to say about the phenomenon of Hello, Dolly! and then head to one (or more) of 70+ cities throughout the U.S. where she’ll be appearing with her gaggle of tumbling waiters.