Bette Midler Takes a Spill in Set Mishap During ‘Hello, Dolly!'

Grammy, Tony and Emmy winner Bette Midler took a spill after a set malfunctioned during a staging of the hit "Hello, Dolly!" revival on Broadway Thursday evening, according to members of the audience.

Audience members posted on Twitter that the 71-year-old peformer fell from a moving set sometime after the curtains rose at Shubert Theatre for the 8 p.m. showtime, leaving them in darkness.

"She was kind of dancing and she was walking back and it looked like the prop didn’t stop moving," audience member Jamie Gigantiello said. "And then she fell. So something malfunctioned."

But the show, as they say, went on. Midler returned to the stage about 20 minutes later to a thunderous applause, and finished the show. In all, she got four standing ovations after the mishap. 

The "First Wives Club" and "Hocus Pocus" actress tweeted after the show that she fell after two set pieces collided, and that she was fine.

Another audience member said she was thankful Midler was OK.

"I was stunned. I’ve been waiting all my life practically to see her in person," Rachel Giacobbe said. "Thank God she came back on and she was just great."

Midler has performed in the title role of the musical since April and won the Tony Award for best actress in June. 

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