Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler breaks Broadway ticket sales record

More than$ 9m were used in first 24 hours on tickets to musical revival to be staged from April next year

Wow! tweeted Bette Midler when she learned the report belatedly on Monday, and the reaction will not have been unique.

A new revival of Hello, Dolly ! to be staged in New York next year with Midler in the lead role has smashed Broadway records, claiming the most difficult first-day ticket marketings in record.

More than$ 9m( 7m) was spent in the first 24 hours on tickets to the musical, which will be staged at the Shubert theatre from April next year. The theaters owneds declared themselves thrilled with the response. Tickets for the depict range from $79 to $189.

If the figures are record-breaking, however, the demand for tickets cannot be such a astound. Since it first opened on Broadway in 1964, with Carol Channing in the lead role, Hello, Dolly! has proved a surefire make, becoming, at the time, the longest-running product in its own history of Broadway musicals. A movie version 5 years later, starring Barbra Streisand, won three Oscars, and the display has been recreated repeatedly worldwide, including three times in the West End.

Add into the mingle Broadway legend Midler and super-producer Scott Rudin and it is unsurprising, in the words of Philip J Smith and Robert E Wankel, chairman and president of the Shubert Organisation, that the combination of this display and Bette Midler has proven irresistible to theatregoers.

I dont think its much of a mystery this is a much beloved task, Hello, Dolly! is a canonical Broadway show, and Bette Midler is much beloved too, with good reason, so its a beautiful pairing of substance and starring, agreed Alexis Soloski, a theatre reviewer for the New York Times.

On the other hand, she mentioned, it is hardly cutting edge. After Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Mirandas musical about the American founding father Alexander Hamilton, became an unexpected phenomenon last year, earning wildly enthusiastic reviews and audiences and a record 16 Tony nominations, some predicted a bolder future for Broadway. This is not it, told Soloski.

One would think that after all the success of Hamilton that ticket purchasers would be flocking to something a little bit more experimental. Because this show is many things, but experimental it is not. But it does seem like a tried and true property with a really fantastic starring is still going to be a big draw on Broadway.

As for Midler as Dolly, Soloski supposed: Its not exactly a stretch for her, but I conceive she will be sensational. She is still going to make that grand admission down that staircase. I would want to see that, wouldnt you?

The musical, which is consistently voted one of the best of all time, tells the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, an outspoken widow who attains her living in 1890 s New York by matchmaking wealthy clients. Horace Vandergelder, a forage and feed merchant and half a millionaire, enlists her services but after a series of farcical occurrences Dolly resolves to marry him herself.

Vandergelder, drawn by Walter Matthau in the 1969 cinema, will be played in the brand-new make by David Hyde Pierce, better known for his persona as Dr Niles Crane in the TV display Frasier.

Midler will be returning to the Broadway stage for the first time since 2013, at persons under the age of 70. The performer has reportedly wanted to play Dolly for years, and Rudin said her casting was key to the new make. It had to be someone who could take it to a different level. Bette is the only one who are in a position. Never has there been something more inevitable than her in this role.

With the 85 -year-old James Earl Jones having starred on Broadway last year alongside Cicely Tyson, 91, theres certainly a precedent for older performers , tones Koloski. Surely a musical is more taxing than most straight play-acts, but I dont have any concerns. Im pretty sure this lady can pull this off.

Biggest Broadway earners

The Lion King – $1.3 bn

Featuring music by Elton John, the stage rendition of Disneys anthropomorphic take over Hamlet is Broadways biggest earner, and is also running in the West End. Its the worlds biggest-earning live entertainment.

Phantom of the Opera – $1.1 bn

Andrew Lloyd Webbers blockbuster, about a masked sing instructor and his operatic muse, opened on Broadway in 1988 and is going strong after practically 12,000 shows.

Wicked -$ 1bn

The retelling of the Wizard of Oz story turns the tables on the cinema, exploring the unlikely friendship of two witches, one of whom is green.

Mamma Mia – $624 m

The musical paternity conundrum is set on a Greek island and features Abbas greatest reaches. It transferred to Broadway in 2001 after premiering in London. The film version aces Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.

Chicago – $563 m

The sultry love letter to high-kicking, dangerous girls, choreographed by Bob Fosse, was revived on Broadway in 1996 and has been playing endlessly ever since.

Statistics from the Broadway League

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