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Monday, 12 June 2017 15:12

Bette Midler lost 30lbs since taking the lead in Tony Award-winning "Hello Dolly"

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Bette Midler has revealed she's lost an incredible 30lbs since she started performing in the lead role of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. 

The veteran actress dropped that gem of information backstage after her emotional acceptance speech for her Tony Award for best actress in a musical on Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The actress flaunted her fabulous figure in a glittering, silver, form-fitting gown with a small train on the night, with her strawberry blonde hair cut into a full, pixie style for the gala. 

'It’s a very, very tough schedule and I’m a woman of a certain age,' she joked, according to The Daily News, adding that it was producer Scott Rudin who persuaded her to take on the iconic role as socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi.

'I’m at death’s door so I wasn’t really keen to put these dancing shoes on again.

'But he made it sound as though I had missed something in life and I would be a changed person from this experience and indeed I have been.

'I lost 30 pounds, for starters,' Bette dished.

And it's little wonder.

Previews started March 15 and the musical opened April 20 at the Shubert Theatre, running eight performances a week.

Bette's stand in, Donna Murphy, plays Dolly on Tuesday evenings, but that's still a heck of a lot of hoofin' for the star.

The musical is due to run until January 14.

Based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, It was first staged as a musical in 1964 with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and story by Michael Stewart.

 

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