Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Bette Midler is returning to Broadway at the title character in the highly-anticipated revival of "Hello, Dolly!" — and the first shot of the 71-year-old actress in costume is finally here.
In a photo released on Tuesday, the day before preview performances begin, Midler can be seen in the iconic red gown and featured headdress made famous by Carol Channing in the original 1964 production, as a collection of ensemble members follow her in the background.
The revivial, an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's 1957 play "The Matchmaker," will be the first mounting of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's classic musical in over 20 years.
Performances begin March 15 at the Shubert Theatre, with an official opening set for April 20. Direction comes from Tony winner Jerry Zaks ("Sister Act"), and choreography from Tony winner Warren Carlyle ("She Loves Me").
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.
She'll be joined by four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (NBC's "Frasier"), who 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 ticket is one of the hottest in town, breaking the record for the highest pre-performance advance sale in Broadway history.