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Betty Buckley will lead national tour of 'Hello, Dolly!' / AP: Seattle Times

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Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" a gig she calls "such a gift." "I'm just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It's like ‘Make America Happy Again,'" Buckley told The Associated Press on Monday. "It's like an antidote." Buckley will star as matchmaker and schemer Dolly Levi in the production that won four Tony Awards last year, including best revival on Broadway and best actress in a musical for Bette Midler, who also played Levi. Buckley saw the show with Midler this winter and "was in rapture," sitting in the second row and weeping. The production was "one of the most joyous pieces of musical theater I have ever experienced. Now she'll step into the role previously performed by Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Mary Martin, Midler, Donna Murphy and Bernadette Peters.

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