When she played the title role in Hello, Dolly, Ms Channing was already a star famous for having created the role of Lorelei Lee and introducing Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend. It is very true that Hello, dolly made her an even bigger star and the persona of Dolly Gallagher Levi took over the role for which she was originally famous. What will happen to Ms Midler when this show opens remains to be seen. It may be a huge career capping hit for her, finally winning her that competitive Tony, she may tour in it. It may be done for televised posterity. I don't know. What is exciting is that at long last, Ms Midler is going to be creating a musical role on the Broadway stage, something her fans have been wanting to see for years.