Hello, Kristin? Kristin Chenoweth in Talks for HELLO, DOLLY! Revival?
From Patti LuPone, to Queen Latifah, to Bette Midler, to ... Kristin Chenoweth!? The rumors have been flying around for years out of the mouth of musical legend Jerry Herman and others that a large-scale, Nederlander-produced revival of the classic Broadway musical HELLO, DOLLY! was coming to Broadway in the near future.
Just a few months ago, Michael Riedel reported that Bette Midler has been approached for a revival, for which she seemingly passed, telling interviewers that she didn't see herself wanting to carry an entire musical for 8 shows a week. Now, it might be Kristin Chenoweth's turn.
Riedel writes today that "Kristin Chenoweth has said she'd love to play Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" in about 10 years. But her wish may come true a lot sooner. I hear she's in discussions to star in a multimillion-dollar Broadway revival within the next two years."
He goes on to note that lined up as director and choreographer is Warren Carlyle (Cotton Club Parade, A Christmas Story, Chaplin, Follies & More.)
Hello, Dolly! is one of Broadway's most successful shows running for 2,844 performances from January 16, 1964 to December 27, 1970 and winning 10 Tony Awards, a record that remained unbroken for 37 years. The story takes place when the irrepressible matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi is hired to arrange a marriage for the miserly half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder and she finds him the perfect mate - herself! But first she must win the heart of her unsuspecting "husband to be" before he gets hitched to somebody else. This beloved family musical is a delectable treat for musical theatre lovers of all ages, brimming with joyful tunes such as "Before the Parade Passes By", "It Only Takes a Moment", and of course, "Hello, Dolly!". The show features Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Michael Stewart and based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder.
Emmy- and Tony-winning actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth next returns to the Hollywood Bowl, August 23-24, with her first solo show, featuring the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic for a very special evening of music and more.
Kristin's stage credits include: Kern and Hammerstein's rarely seen 1932 musical Music in the Air, the second Encores! production of New York City Center's 2008-09 season. She starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Kristin concluded New York City Center's 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century. Ms. Chenoweth starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 and also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. She also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere's Scapin for the Roundabout Theatre Company and Nora Ephron's Love Loss and What I Wore. Kristin was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of "Promises, Promises" starring alongside Sean Hayes at the Broadway theater.
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