The Courier Mail
Brassy Bette enjoys being toast of the town
AUSTRALIA got its first glimpse of Bette Midler’s touring extravaganza last night, with the unveiling of her spectacular Broadway-inspired stage show.
Midler’s Kiss My Brass tour kicks off on Friday at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, but last night the 48-strong crew were busy putting the finishing touches on the massive set, which had to be transported by 13 semi-trailers.
“This is the biggest show I’ve ever done,” Midler said. “It took us a long time to put it together.”
Production manager Chris Adamson said it was also the biggest production ever rigged in Brisbane.
“This is a full-on Broadway show (recreated) in an arena,” he said.
“We have 110 flying motors (in the ceiling) and four video screens. Wherever you’re sitting, you’ll get a top-rate view.”
Wearing a pinstripe suit and fluffy slippers, the Divine Miss M had a television crew from Channel 10’s Rove Live giggling as she recounted a visit to Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha where she discovered “all these people making out”.
“She’s an incredible bundle of energy and she puts a lot of us to shame with her enthusiasm,” Mr Adamson said.
The 2½-hour show will feature more than 40 songs, including the legendary singer-actor’s most popular hits, such as The Rose, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Wind Beneath My Wings, as well as multiple costume changes and comedy sketches.