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THE YEAR’S BEST BROADWAY SHOWS

NO 1 HELLO, DOLLY!

Before the curtain even went up on opening night, Hello, Dolly! was an event. Bette Midler’s first appearance in a Broadway musical in decades? The tickets practically sold themselves. And the Divine Miss M delivered. A bawdy riot in a bright red ball gown, Midler was the perfect lead for this vibrant revival about a matchmaker meddling in matters of love for others and, of course, herself. It’d be easy to get swept up just seeing Bette on Broadway, but the scale of the show rises to meet her with its standout cast (David

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