Congratulations are in order for some of Broadway’s biggest stars!
The star earned a nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in Hello Dolly!. The revival — which is Bette’s first-ever lead role in a musical — has earned 10 other nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical. She received the Special Tony Award back in 1974.
Bette, 71, took to Twitter to acknowledge the honors. “#HelloDolly received a total of 10 #Tony nominations this morning! Congrats to all nominated, who worked so hard to make this show great!” she wrote on the social media platform.
In a previous exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Bette opened up about what it was like meeting Carol Channing, who starred in the original production.
“Channing was absolutely extraordinary,” Bette recently told Closer. “I drove down to her ranch. It took me three hours and it was worth every single minute.”
“She told me stories about the inception of the show Hello, Dolly!,” Bette added. “They were two years on the road creating this piece.”
Bette at the Tony Awards in 1974.
A friend added, “Carol recalled how the costume person would dry her wigs in the same oven where their dinner was cooked — as a result, the wigs gave off a horrible fish stench. Bette was in hysterics!”
Bette isn’t the only A-list star nominated this year! Cate Blanchett is nominated for The Present, Sally Field for The Glass Menagerie, Laura Linney for The Little Foxes, Laurie Metcalf for A Doll’s House, Part 2, Cynthia Nixon for Little Foxes, Kevin Kline for Present Laughter, Chris Cooper for a A Doll’s House, Danny DeVito for The Price, and more! At the upcoming prestigious event, James Earl Jones will even be honored for his achievement in theater!
The Tony Awards are Sunday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominations!