The Time Machine: Dec. 13, 1976

Mister D: This project never made it to the boards due to a musician’s strike which is quite the shame.

Photo: Bette and George Balanchine

As a singer who used to entertain the towel-clad clientele at Manhattan’s gay Continental Baths, Bette Midler can look forward to at least a dressier audience this January at the New York State Theater.

Belting Bette is scheduled to appear there with the New York City Ballet in a new production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins.

Celebrated Choreographer George Balanchine chose her to play the lead role of the peripatetic showgirl Annie, a part created in 1933 by Weill’s widow Lotte Lenya. Why?

“She has a good voice and red hair.”

Says Bette: “It’s a dream come true. Next year, Firebird.”

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