Hello, Dolly's Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters Celebrate Hulaween
Bette Midler, star of Broadway's Hello, Dolly!, celebrated Halloween with future Dolly Gallagher Levi replacement Bernadette Peters. The two dressed up for Hulaween, the annual benefit for Midler's New York Restoration Project held at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on October 30.
Hulaween transformed the Cathedral of St. John the Divine into a "garden of earthly delights" for the event, which was held in honor of Eric Schmidt and David Evans Shaw for their "exemplary environmental stewardship and the ability to affect innovative change." The gala featured appearances from rocker Jon Bon Jovi, burlesque star Dita Von Teese, and comedian Judy Gold.
Hello, Dolly! is based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder and features a book by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Jerry Zaks directs the Broadway revival which opened April 20 at the Shubert Theatre. Midler will play her last performance January 14 and Peters will join the company beginning January 20.
Joining Midler in the current cast of Hello, Dolly! is David Hyde Pearce (Horace Vandergelder), Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Kate Baldwin (Irene Molly), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Beanie Feldstein (Minnie Fay), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Jennifer Simard (Ernestina), and Kevin Ligon (Rudolph).
The ensemble includes Cameron Adams, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Darius Crenshaw, Taeler Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Aaron Kaburick, Amanda LaMotte, Analisa Leaming, Jess LeProtto, Giovanni Bonaventura, Michael McCormick, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, Jessica Sheridan, Christian Dante White, Branch Woodman, Ryan Worsing, Richard Riaz Yoder, Elizabeth Earley, Jennifer Foote, Ian Liberto, and Michaeljon Slinger.
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