David Hyde Pierce Will Co-Star with Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Revival

Dimitrios Kambouris

Four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (NBC's "Frasier") will return to Broadway next year, co-starring alongside Bette Midler in the revival of "Hello, Dolly!"

Performances begin March 13, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre, with an official opening set for April 20. Direction comes from Tony winner Jerry Zacks ("Sister Act"), and choreography from Tony winner Warren Carlyle ("She Loves Me"}.

Pierce took home a Tony for his role in the 2007 musical "Curtains," and was nominated again for his work in 2013's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." He was last on Broadway as a director for the 2015 comedy "It Shoulda Been You."

The "Hello, Dolly!" revival will be the first mounting of Jerry Herman's classic musical in over 20 years. Its story comes from Thornton Wilder's 1957 play "The Matchmaker" — adapted here by bookwriter Michael Stewart.

Midler was last seen on Broadway in 2013's solo show "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers." She made her Broadway debut as Tzeitel in the original production of "Fiddler on the Roof" and later returned in concerts like "Bette Midler's Clams on a Half Shell Revue" and "Bette! Divine Madness." She earned her a special Tony Award in 1974 for the latter.

Further casting for the Broadway revival will be announced later.

"Matilda the Musical" — which currently occupies the Schubert — is scheduled to close on Jan. 1, 2017.

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