Herman Discuss "Dolly" Revival, possible Dollys

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In Variety, Herman elaborates on the buzz surrounding a "Hello Dolly" revival produced by the Nederlander Org, who produced the "La Cage" revival.

Most interestingly, he gives responses to names the interviewer throws out.

"He acknowledges eyeing Queen Latifah to play Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, but says her busy film career would make that casting problematic -- at least so far.

Chat rooms and theater insiders have been volunteering casting ideas that range from the fantastic to the obvious: Oprah Winfrey ("An exciting idea, but I don't think she could devote a year to the production," says Herman); Meryl Streep ("She can do anything."); Barbra Streisand, star of the 1969 screen version ("She's the right age now, but she's never coming back to Broadway."); Patti LuPone ("Magnificent."); Reba McEntire ("I'm crazy for her, but I'm not sure about the accent."); Bernadette Peters ("We were close friends and I obviously love this lady, but I just don't know.")."

And we were all thinking Bernadette would be a shoo-in and Patti's recent public comment about her interest in Dolly was far-fetched...


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give WALL-E the part!
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I guess Bernadette Peters and him aren't close friends anymore? I always thought they had kept a solid relationship. Oh well. Hasn't she turned down the role before?
I could do with LuPone as Dolly Levi, but I think it's a better fit for Peters.
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I definitely think Peters would be a better Dolly than LuPone.

Queen Latifah would be interesting casting, though.
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Normally, I'd say go for LuPone, but Queen Latifah being eyed seriously for the role is too hard to pass up. I would love to see what she does with it if this comes to pass.
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I've recently seen Latifah quoted in a magazine saying Broadway was a dream, but would take too much time out of her schedule.
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thats too bad.... Bernadette would have been glorious!
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I second the Dame!


atleast she could hit the original notes.
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re: Herman Discuss 'Dolly' Revival, possible Dollys
". . . POP . . ."
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I like the idea of Reba as Dolly.
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Lainie Kazan - - - would be a fabulous DOLLY, she did it years ago in
Atlantic City, she was GREAT !
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Haven't there been enough Hello, Dolly revivals?
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It's been more then 10 years since the last one ('95 with Channing)... so, I think a revival would be a good thing re: Herman Discuss 'Dolly' Revival, possible Dollys

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bernadette would kick butt in this role It's time for her shine again and win a tony. but you never know carol channing could come back in a heart beat The new title would be Hello Granny. What about Laura Benati as irene?
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re: Herman Discuss 'Dolly' Revival, possible Dollys

At last. There's a chance for me to have my starring role.

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How great would Bernadette be?

I also like the idea of Lainie Kazan.
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Really. If we have to go through all the crap of the last year with LuPone ALL OVER AGAIN, this time in Dolly I will vomit.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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Haha, I can see it now!

LuPONE
DOLLY!
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Seriously I'd love to see this happen and while Peters would be lovely.....Ana Gasteyer.
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The thought of having Dame Edna Everage play a role like this isn't as far fetched as you'd imagine. Back in 1978 "she" was actually considered as a possibiltiy for the role of Miss Hannigan in the original Australian production of ANNIE.

Where is Dollypop? Surely he would have someone interesting to contribute to these suggestions, in fact if I were producing he would be my first port of call during casting discussions!
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Lafifah, after some truly awful movies, needs a legit career boost. This would be it and she's be fabulous.

I can see LuPone in the role, but I agree with Joe, we'd be in for another message board full of people freaking out like the role was written for her!