(Roger Friedman’s article appeared in Showbiz 411, 9/19.)

A record was broken on Broadway over the weekend.

Bette Midler scored the best first day sales in Broadway history for her revival of “Hello, Dolly!”

The musical, also starring David Hyde Pierce, racked up $9,082,497 as tickets went on sale. Shubert Theatre presidents Bob Wankel and Phil Smith cried a little before pouring Champagne.

Jerry Zaks directs the revival, which opens on April 20th after previews begin March 15th.


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