On the eve of Bette Midler's return to the Broadway stage in the revival of Hello, Dolly!, the Divine Miss M shared the first photo of her in the iconic title role.
"Here I am for the first time as Dolly! Performances begin tomorrow #HelloDolly!," wrote Midler on Twitter.
Here I am for the first time as Dolly! Performances begin tomorrow #HelloDolly! pic.twitter.com/ipr1rTjWhI
- Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 14, 2017
The new staging of Hello, Dolly! -- with Midler as Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi -- begins its run of preview performances Wednesday at the Shubert Theatre in New York. Its official opening night is scheduled for April 20. This is the fourth revival of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. The original Broadway production ran for 2,844 performances between 1964 and 1970 and won 10 Tony Awards (including one for Carol Channing, who originated the role of Dolly on Broadway).
Midler, who received a special Tony Award in 1974, is returning to Broadway for the first time since 2013, when she starred in the one-woman play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Hello, Dolly! marks the first time Midler has had a lead role in a Broadway musical.
Back in October, Midler was a guest on the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to talk about a range of topics, including Hello, Dolly! At the time of our chat, Midler was still in the pre-rehearsal stage of the production but had a lot to stay about what she had been learning about herself in the preparation process.
"I've learned a little bit of the dancing," Midler said, "which is very interesting because I've never really danced like that. I mean, I've always danced, but I never did choreography, you know where you have to actually be with 10 other people or 12 other people. I've never done that, so it's a very steep learning curve. But I must say it's great, I love to dance! Everyone should dance. [Laughs] The weight just falls right off you! It's amazing."
Listen to the full podcast below: