Bette Midler sets 2017 Broadway return in 'Hello, Dolly!'

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Bette Midler will star in a 2017 Broadway revival of the musical "Hello, Dolly!," directed by Jerry Zaks and produced by Scott Rudin.

Midler, who showed off her power at the Broadway box office in the strong-selling one-woman play "I'll Eat You Last" in 2013, will play the title role of Dolly Levi, originated by Carol Channing on Broadway in 1964 and played in the 1969 movie by Barbra Streisand. The musical, with songs by Jerry Herman ("La Cage aux Folles," "Mame") and book by Michael Stewart, will be directed by Broadway veteran Zaks ("Six Degrees of Separation," "Guys and Dolls") and choreographed by Warren Carlyle ("After Midnight," the upcoming "She Loves Me"), with a nod to the work of original director-choreographer Gower Champion.

Midler, who's wanted to play Dolly for years, seems a natural fit for the flamboyant comic lead of of the show, and the match seems likely to draw musical-theater fans in droves. The new revival of "Hello, Dolly!" has its dates all lined up — beginning previews March 13, 2017 ahead of an April 20, 2017 opening — but a theater won't be locked in until closer to the run.

"Dolly" joins a busy Broadway slate for Rudin, who just this spring alone has three plays ("The Humans," "Blackbird," "The Crucible") and a new musical ("Shuffle Along") on his plate.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Singer Bette Midler attends Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Atrium and Ertegun Hall of Fame grand reopening at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bette Midler Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bette Midler Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Singer Bette Midler on September 12, 1973 -- (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 'Clams On The Half Shell Revue' at Bette Midler's 'Clams On The Half Shell Revue' show in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
BETTE MIDLER: OL' RED HAIR IS BACK -- Aired 12/07/1977 -- Pictured: Actress/singer Bette Midler (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Bette Midler in a scene from the movie 'The Rose', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1981: Bette Midler circa 1981 in New York City. (Photo by CW Braun/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Actress Bette Midler poses for a portrait, Los Angeles, California, late twentieth century. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler in a scene from the film 'Beaches', 1988. (Photo by Touchstone/Getty Images)
Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg during Exits at Cirque Du Soliel - 1989 at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Episode -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress/singer Bette Midler during an interview with and host Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992 -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
Bette Midler during Rally For Democratic Change and Voter Registration at UCLA Campus in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 29: Bette Midler performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 29, 1994 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Bette Midler is uneasy as Dennis Farina hugs her from behind in a scene from the film 'That Old Feeling', 1996. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
PASADENA, : Winner of an Emmy in the category of Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her role in 'Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas,' Bette Midler poses for photographers at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, 14 September 1997. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is organizing the 49th Emmy Awards. AFP PHOTO/Kim KULISH (Photo credit should read KIM KULISH/AFP/Getty Images)
Rosie O'Donnell and Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 2nd Annual Halloween Ball for New York Restoration Project at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 'Hulaween 111' to Benefit New York Restoration Project - 1999 - File Photos at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
383689 10: Actress Bette Midler Stars As Herself In Cbs' Popular Television Series 'Bette.' (Photo By Getty Images)
Diva BETTE MIDLER comes to television this season starring in a sitcom about a diva, named Bette, who's aging, and trying to survive. Photos during the taping at Culver Studios September 21, 2000. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK-OCTOBER 23: Actress Bette Midler appears in the press room for the New York Restoration Project Hulaween Gala October 23, 2002, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
Bette Midler during 12th Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert - Show at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Bette Midler during World Premiere of 'The Stepford Wives' at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Actress Bette Midler attends the annual Hulaween Gala to benefit the New York Restoration Project on October 26, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, QSL - APRIL 08: Singer Bette Midler performs live in concert at the Boondall Entertainment Centre on April 8, 2005 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Musician Bette Midler attends the ''7th On Sale'' gala at the 69th Regiment Armory on November 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 07: Entertainer Bette Midler sings during the 100th performance of her show, 'The Showgirl Must Go On' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace June 7, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera gala permiere of 'Armida' at The Metropolitan Opera House on April 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (NO TABLOIDS) Bette Midler at the 'Parental Guidance' Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4573 -- Pictured: Bette Midler arrives on November 25, 2013 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0156 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Bette Midler during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 5, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera 2015-2016 season opening night of 'Otello' at The Metropolitan Opera House on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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