It’s so nice to have her back where she belongs.
The first official production photo has been released of two-time Tony-winning legend Bernadette Peters as meddling matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!
As first reported in September, Peters, 69, replaces Tony winner Bette Midler in the role beginning tonight, January 20.
“I cannot imagine leaving Dolly Levi in better hands than those of Bernadette Peters,” said Midler in a previous statement. “She has created more historic roles in more legendary musicals than any living Broadway star, and most of the dead ones, too. I cannot wait to see her in the show from my very expensive premium seat in Row G which I know I will have to pay for.”
Peters, who currently appears on television in Mozart in the Jungle and The Good Fight, has previously headlined Broadway musicals such as Gypsy, Sunday in the Park With George, and Annie, Get Your Gun. She last starred on Broadway in the 2011 revival of Follies.
“I love that it’s happening now,” she tells Playbill of doing Dolly, “because there’s so much going on in the world that’s not positive, and this is all about being optimistic and feeling good. It’s very joyful, and that’s important right now.”
Besides Midler, other luminaries who have played Dolly Levi include Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Rogers, and Mary Martin.
“It’s a wonderful show, it’s a wonderful part, and I’m glad that I am joining that sisterhood,” Peters continues.
Four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber also joins the Broadway company as Peters’ love interest, Horace Vandergelder, the role vacated by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce. The cast also includes Tony winner Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, Tony nominee Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, and Olivier nominee Charlie Stemp as Barnaby Tucker.
Hello, Dolly! is playing at the Shubert Theater in New York.