Bette Midler’s return to the Broadway stage in Hello, Dolly! took more than $9 million at the box office on the first day of ticket sales.
The show went on sale on September 17 and took $9,082,497 at the box office, reported to be a record for first-day sales Broadway.
The musical opens at the Shubert Theatre in March 2017.
In a joint statement, Philip J Smith and Robert E Wankel, chairman and president of the Shubert Organization, said: “We are thrilled with the tremendous response from Hello, Dolly! ticket-buyers. The combination of this show and Bette Midler has proven irresistible to theatregoers.”
The musical is produced by Scott Rudin and opens for previews on March 15, with an opening night on April 20 2017.