i am cutting my hair off and dyeing it again, wearing new colors, painting my face different shades. watch me exchange girl for battlecry, silence for thunderstorm, this body for a clean one. i am going to be new. i am going to be a girl you never hurt, a girl you’ll never know about. i do not want to be beautiful, i want to be so goddamn untouchable that no one will ever lay a hand on me again. watch this disaster unfold. this is not pretty, like fire, it is only destructive. it is only biting. i am only teeth.
—  girl begins again || sarah kate o.

The only surprising thing about Bette Midler coming to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! is that she hadn’t already come to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! There have been many incarnations of Dolly Levi (including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, and, in the film, Barbra Streisand), but perhaps none more blindingly obvious than Midler. After all, she belts, she made her bones as precisely the kind of unapologetic ham that Dolly is written to be, and she seems like someone the staff of a restaurant might line up to welcome, just as they do in the show’s famous title song. And when it comes, that title song might even be better to just listen to, without a visual to limit the personnel to what can be held in a theater. In your mind, the line of singing waiters can stretch into eternity.

First Listen: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ New Broadway Cast Recording

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