Is it true that Bette Midler is leaving Hello, Dolly!?!
The A-list actress portrays Dolly Gallagher Levi on the hit Broadway revival Hello, Dolly!, but it turns out beginning last night, Tuesday, June, 13, she will give up her lead stage role to Tony-winner Donna Murphy every Tuesday evening.
Donna will also take Bette’s place on June 27 through July 2, July 5 through July 9, July 30 (Sunday evening), September 6 until September 10, October 15 (Sunday evening), October 30 (Monday evening), November 1 through 5, November 24 (Friday matinee), and January 7 (Sunday evening), according to Broadway.com.
The news of her Tuesday absences was previously released in October, but since she didn’t star in the show last night, fans were extra concerned. At the time the news broke, Donna — who has starred in Passion and The King and I — opened up about the great opportunity she’s been given.
“This is the perfect job for me at this point because it allows me to do what is most important in terms of my daughter and in terms of work. And how amazing to be able to actually do it in the theater, which is a kind of home for me and which I’ve missed greatly!” she told Huffington Post. “So I’m really excited and thrilled about every element of it. I’m not saying that I’m never going to do eight shows again. I’m just saying that I’ll only do it when its right for my daughter and myself.”
Donna in 2015.
This casting change comes just days after Bette won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! on Sunday, June 11.
Her acceptance speech made headlines during the show after she went on and on thanking numerous people. When the music began playing (signaling that her time was up) Bette told them to “shut that crap off!” Gotta love her!