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Tony nominees Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce star in Jerry Zaks’ revival of the musical classic, which features a score by Jerry Herman; the playwright is Michael Stewart. Warren Carlyle choreographs the show, paying tribute to the work of the original production's director-choreographer Gower Champion. It earned 10 Tony nominations.
Midler, who takes on the role of the brassy matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, did not perform at the awards show, and instead presented »
- Ashley Lee
The casting process for “American Gods” sounds brutal.Ricky Whittle, who plays Shadow Moon on the Starz show based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, said he went through 16 rounds of auditions over the course of five months. Looks like it worked out, though: The executive producers received 2,000 audition tapes for the role. (Business Insider) “Great Comet,” “Hello, Dolly!” top 71st annual Tony Award nominations.Topping the nominations with 12 total was new musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” including stars Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele. Jerry Zaks’ hit revival of “Hello, Dolly!” grabbed 10 nods, including recognition for its leading lady Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, and Kate Baldwin. “A Doll’s House, Part 2” dominated in the play categories, earning eight nominations. Also nominated for best play are “Oslo,” “Sweat,” and “Indecent.”(Backstage) Michael Moore is coming to Broadway.Starting in July, the »
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.
The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.
Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.
A very famous and talented man of the theater once remarked that “Hello, Dolly!” set the Broadway musical back 20 years. Or maybe he said it was only a 10-year setback. One of the many charms of the new “Dolly!” revival is that the 1964 musical appears to be taking place on Broadway 80 years ago. Director Jerry Zaks and designer Santo Loquasto treat the Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman show as an antique, but cover its frayed seams with a crackerjack cast. Of course, the big news is the return of Bette Midler. Playing the matchmaker, she does not disappoint »
- Robert Hofler
Bette Midler is the lady in red!
The legendary actress is starring in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! as she steps into the titular role of Dolly Gallagher Levi. The musical starts preview performances on March 15, with opening night set for April 20 at the Shubert Theatre.
The musical follows Dolly as a widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again.
Midler last hit Broadway for the hit one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers in 2013. She made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof in 1966 and went on »
- Ale Russian
Seven shows a week, Bette Midler will play Dolly Gallagher Levi in the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre starting March 15. (The show opens on April 20.)
On June 13, an eighth show on Tuesdays will be added, with Tony Award winner Donna Murphy stepping into the role originated by Carol Channing on Broadway in 1964, made famous onscreen by Barbra Streisand in 1969 and revived by Midler in 2017.
“I’ve never really done anything quite like this,” Murphy tells Et.
To clarify, she’s not serving as Midler’s understudy. “I am not someone who will go if [Midler] is not feeling well in an emergency situation,” she says. Instead, she is Midler’s Tuesday-night alternate, performing alongside the production’s other stars, David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin and Gavin Creel. In addition to Tuesdays, the Broadway veteran will also step in during Midler’s scheduled vacation.
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During his appearance on “Today” on Tuesday, Robert De Niro spoke out against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and believes everyone needs to stand up for what they believe in. Related: Garth Brooks Can’t Perform At Donald Trump’s Inauguration Due To Tour Commitments De Niro was joined by Jerry Zaks, Chazz Palminteri and Tommy Mottola to promote […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
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