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Monthly Archives: February 2004
Sunday, February 29, 2004
At the same time, Styler told me she’s added Bette Midler to her long list of performers at the April 21st Rainforest Foundation concert at Carnegie Hall. Styler is still searching for movie stars who are capable of belting a Broadway tune. If you know one, give us a call and we’ll pass on the name. And don’t say Hugh Jackman! Even though he wanted to do it, the Rainforest show is on a Wednesday night, which means Hugh will be on stage across town in “The Boy from Oz.”
Ms. M demands notice – and she gets it
By Sean Piccoli
Pop Music Writer
February 29, 2004
SUNRISE · People have gotten so used to Bette Midler the movie actress, it is easy to forget her origins as a live entertainer.
But Midler quickly re-establishes her bawdy, singing, high-strung self whenever she goes on tour.
A sold-out performance on Saturday night at the Office Depot Center was no exception.
“I opened the door for trashy singers with bad taste and big [breasts],” Midler said between numbers, asking aloud why younger idols such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and, of course, Janet Jackson never call or write.
Teddy Bear Auction
New Bruce Vilanch Interview
I need reviews from Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale if anyone would like to write one…
Happy Oscar night everybody….may your favorites win! 🙂
Love, Mister D
By Bill Husted
The Bear to Make a Difference funder for the Matthew Shepard Foundation holds its Celebrity Teddy Bear Auction March 20 at the Westin Tabor Center. Look for custom-make bears from Elton John, Bette Midler, Leslea Newman (“Heather Has Two Mommies”), Tipper Gore, Katie Couric. … Sez who: “I never know how much of what I say is true.” Bette Midler
Lunch with Bruce Vilanch of ‘Hairspray’
February 29, 2004
Bruce Vilanch, in town to star in the national touring production of “Hairspray,” has all kinds of road warrior stories about life on tour.
There was the massive blackout in New York when he was there in August for rehearsals. Then Hurricane Isabel hit Baltimore, where the show opened.
And, when we sit down at Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse, on La Salle Street and the Chicago River, on a frigid late January afternoon, he is anticipating some serious weather at his next stop: Minneapolis.
Friday, February 27, 2004
A truly divine Bette
BY COCO LACHINE
Bette Midler declared she isn’t retiring, and nobody can make her! Thank God, because her concert last week at the Sports Arena was every bit what you came to see. She opened with a production number of “Kiss My Brass”, descending on stage riding a carousel horse in a beautiful nautical pant outfit, amidst a set reminiscent of vintage Coney Island. She immediately wowed the crowd with her standards “Stuff Like That” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, recreating the exact choreography with the Harlettes from a 1970s TV show clip. Bette did a set from her latest album featuring the songs of Rosemary Clooney, including “Come On – A My House” and “Hey There”. She also brought out Soph’ from the dusty closet, along with Ernie and Clementine.
Article published Feb 27, 2004
The Divine Miss M returns
Tampa Herald Tribune
By Jay Handelman
TAMPA — If you had any illusions (or delusions) about Bette Midler getting all soft and mushy as she ages, get rid of them.
After all, her new concert tour, which stops at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa at 8 p.m. Tuesday, is called “Kiss My Brass.”
Even though it’s a reference to the large brass section that’s traveling with her, it’s actually a fitting title for the Divine Miss M, who has never been afraid to express an opinion or potentially offend someone in the name of good fun and entertainment.
WITTY, WARM AND WICKED, MIDLER TAKES POND BYSTORM
Daily News (Los Angeles, CA); 2/24/2004
Byline: Fred Shuster Music Critic
BETTE MIDLER brought her over-the-top mix of Broadway and Coney Island to the Anaheim Pond on Sunday in a dazzling concert that brightened a miserably rainy night and offered witty commentary on the state of the world.
Always a top-notch, tireless entertainer, Midler’s lavish two-hour-plus road show features a tight script and new choreography alongside some familiar ingredients. In one of two touching segments, Midler paid tribute to Rosemary Clooney, interpreting “Come On-a My House” and “Hey There” while gorgeous ’50s black-and-white photos of the late standards singer played on a large screen.
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Photo Scan: BaltoBoy Steve
Love. Mister D
Would anybody like to weigh in on the L.A. concert…so far, I can’t find any reviews of it at all….
Thanks, Mister D