In a piece of casting that can only be described as perfect, Bette Midler will appear in a new Broadway revival of the musical Hello, Dolly! as lead character and larger-than-life meddling matchmaker extraordinaire Dolly Levi.

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No word on the rest of the cast yet, but then again, it’s Hello, Dolly! and not Good Morning, Mister Vandergelder for a reason.

That’s according to the Associated Press. They talked to producer Scott Rudin, who noted there hasn’t been a new production in decades. “Partly it was the difficulty of who could play Dolly. It had to be someone who could take it to a different level,” he said. “Bette is the only one who can. Never has there been something more inevitable than her in this role.”

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Previous Broadway Dollys include Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Phillis Diller and 1964 originator Carol Channing. “I know I’m going to have the time of my life,” Midler said in a statement to the Daily News.

Shows are scheduled to start March 2017 for an April 20, 2017 opening night. In the meantime, this is a great excuse to watch the 1969 film version. (Not that you need an excuse.)


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