Producers of "Hello Dolly" NOT Giving Charity Perf For Actors Fund- Page 2

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 11:40am

DAME said: "You know nothing."

Wrong as can be: I know what I think (which, incidentally, is what I said).

 

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 11:41am

I'm also of the mind that the production closes when Bette leaves. It was devised and is being pitched and sold as a vehicle for her.

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 2:04pm

It's sort of a no brainer that Bette is the reason for Dolly's success, and there is not any sort of celebrity equivalent who could replace her.

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 3:04pm
As an agnostic on Hello, Dolly (I've never seen it), I am still very curious about its fate. The musical is being promoted as a Bette Midler vehicle, and yet it's received near-universal acclaim. Sure, Ben Brantley just talked about Midler, but many other reviews - and people on this board, not all of whom are longtime Dolly fans - have lauded the entire production.

If the show closes after Midler leaves, will it have recouped by then? Will audience demand just collapse even if a capable performer takes Midler's place? If the show is so great, and such a joy, why wouldn't it stick around?
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Posted: 5/11/17 at 3:54pm

HogansHero said: "DAME said: "You know nothing."

Wrong as can be: I know what I think (which, incidentally, is what I said).

 


 

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Which means YOU KNOW NOTHING!

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 6:00pm

While it will never reach the same kind of success - if Bernadette or LuPone [if War Paint slows down in a few months] was available surely the show might keep a float for a few more months? It doesn't seem absolutely impossible to me.

 

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 6:43pm

Even setting aside all of the other considerations I would say getting either of them to go into the show as a replacement is absolutely impossible. 

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 10:18pm

In 1964, it was all about "Hello, Dolly!" In 2017' it is all about Bette Midler in "Hello, Dolly!"

It wasn't hard to keep the original production going strong with a parade of Dolly-capable actors, but you'd never be able to replace Bette Midler playing Bette Midler...for long. I do agree that there are a handful of performers that could keep it running for a short time after Bette leaves, but this production is all about Bette, not "Dolly"... 

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Posted: 5/11/17 at 10:37pm

The show will absolutely close when Midler leaves. But I do think it's a little disingenuous and perhaps a bit disrespectful to 2-time Tony award winner Donna Murphy to suggest that the show "won't work" without Midler. 

Of course she's not going to sell that well, and certainly isn't a long-term solution, but I think she's gonna give a great, albeit different from Midler, performance. 

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 12:19am

I'm super excited to see Midler, as a young gay man she's not really of "my generation," but i'm excited to see what all the fuss is about. But I grew up watching and rewatching Donna Murphy in "Passion," so I will absolutely be seeing her performance. While not a "powerhouse" vocalist, I think her acting is incredible. 

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 3:36am

Sorry to be dense about this, but I really don't quite understand the idea of shutting the show down immediately when Bette Midler leaves.

Hello, Dolly is one of most famous and successful musicals in Broadway history. The reviews have been very favorable. And while there's more than a little nostalgia fueling all the enthusiasm, I have followed the Dolly boards here and not everyone who has liked this revival is just reliving the past. I certainly get that it's been promoted as a Bette Midler star vehicle, and that revivals have a shorter shelf life, but I had assumed Donna Murphy was around to take over if sales warranted.

Now it certainly could be true that interest in the show will fade quickly once Midler is gone. The producers admittedly don't seem to be thinking about a post-Midler future.

I am so accustomed to bigger musicals trying to emphasize the show being the star that I forget that some people just want to see a particular performer and don't think the show is worth seeing otherwise. I remember being surprised that Rudin pulled the plug on Shuffle Along so quickly when Audra McDonald left, especially because it was an ensemble show.

Living on the West Coast, I don't see big names in original casts (with the exception of Lena Hall on the  Hedwig tour) unless I come to New York, so I must think about this a little differently. Shoot, I decided against seeing Waitress on Broadway last month because I know the musical will be coming to San Francisco next year. Unless I'm in New York, I don't think in terms of stars.

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 8:00am

Carol Channing would have done the Actor's fund performance.

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 8:31am

I imagine Bette Midler would also do the performance if asked - she is very charity focussed.

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 8:32am

Well said. This smells like a 100% Scott Rudin decision.

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 8:35am

you folks have NO idea what you are talking about. Pure fantasy land.

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 10:22am

Carol Channing would also do 8 shows a week.

I kid, I kid.

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 11:00am

I maintain that there is avery good chance she WILL do a actors fund before she leaves in January.  She is a extremely charitable person and I don't think she will have any problems with adding one extra performance that week.  She is a very agile, in shape, 71 year old.  She is not frail or weak.  Her decision to only do 7 shows a week instead of 8 has nothing to do with any of that.   In her last tour she raised a good amount of money here in LA for APLA.  And it seemed like every city she played something was going to charity.  And if you look at the video of the Easter Bonnet competition when she awards Sunset Boulevard ; her comments reflect that she is very aware on how Sunset raised so much money.    

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 11:03am

Whether or not you personally believe the show will work/last without Midler, the producers are still looking into replacement Dollys. And that's a fact. Should they get a big enough name, I'm sure they can keep interest going for a time. 

None of the Hedwig replacements sold as well as Neil Patrick Harris, but still generated interest and kept the show going (until they couldnt). 

Peters has been approached to gauge interest (not sure why you think she wouldnt replace Hogan, since she replaced in A Little Night Music and was fabulous). They've also reached out to women beyond the typical Broadway leading ladies (including a certain country star who would absolutely sell like hot cakes should she decide to make the leap to Broadway).

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 11:10am

"(including a certain country star who would absolutely sell like hot cakes should she decide to make the leap to Broadway)."

Dolly Parton???

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 11:22am

@mayaudra... that was a quite different thing: Sondheim and no marketing as the CZJ show. This is the Bette Midler show, featuring Dolly Levi. For all the reasons that have been discussed I stand by my not gonna happen. 

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 11:35am

I worked with Dolly Parton this past summer when her tour stopped here.  From what I saw she won't do this.  

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Posted: 5/12/17 at 11:39am

Bette will do a actors fund.  The Boy From Oz actors fund I attended was 3 weeks before the show closed.  I know you all want things right away. But you all just need to relax.

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Posted: 5/13/17 at 5:43pm

HogansHero said: "Even setting aside all of the other considerations I would say getting either of them to go into the show as a replacement is absolutely impossible. 

 

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How come? Bernadette has already replaced one Tony Award-Winning performance (A Little Night Music). Is it that hard to believe that she would be open to doing it again? The role is a lot of fun and won't challenge her. If the opportunity came up, why not? 

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Posted: 5/13/17 at 6:20pm

I think I answered that about 3 posts above.

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Posted: 5/13/17 at 6:36pm

Oh right. I suppose they were pitched slightly differently (nothing like "Bette Midler. Hello! Dolly. Enough said"Producers of but it would seem a little bit revisionist not to acknowledge that A Little Night Music was a major star vehicle for the Broadway debut of an academy award winning film star (who won the Tony for the performance) - not an easy thing to follow, and the legendary Angela Lansbury. Their names were bigger than the title of the show on the poster. The significant drop in sales when the stars swapped also suggested to me that audiences had the same idea. 

"Rose in Gypsy was like going through therapy for me. Playing Rose helped me put a lot of emotions to bed. There was so much lacking in Rose and that's why she had to prove herself through her children. [interviewer]In ways that reminded you of your mom?[/interviewer]. Let's just say the role was very interesting for me. That one was the most interesting [I've ever played]" - Bernadette Peters (2018)