Monthly Archives: April 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

“Doll House” And Bette’s Song “The Late Show”

Mister D: As I said before, Bette co-wrote a couple of songs from this play, “Doll House.” She had written it during the time before “No Frills.” Not sure if she was going to try and add it or not. It was written by David Forman, Rob Hyman (Cyndi Lauper, The Hooters), and Bette Midler. It’s called “The Late Show.” You can find the video of Mr. Forman talks about the show. The actress they show is singing Ms. Midler’s song….you can hear some of her influence in it. To hear the video: Click Here Thanks to Mr. Forman for sending this! Love, Mister D
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Which One Of These Gals Should Replace Rosie? For the rest of the article: Click Here Love, Mister D
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Bette And Bruce Together Again! (More Pics At

Mister D: Bette Midler and others celebrate his guest performance in the New York Play, “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” New York City, 04/25/2007. I saw Phoebe Snow came too. I love her and wish she would get an album out now…! Photo: Countess Bruce Vilanch to Guest Star in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell By Andrew Gans 12 Apr 2007 Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch will be the next actor to guest star in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, the Off-Broadway production at the Minetta Lane Theatre that features Frank Wood, Kathleen Chalfant, Hazelle Goodman and Ain Gordon. Comedic writer-actor Vilanch will play a guest stint in the new production April 24-May 6. He will follow former “Saturday Night Live” star Rachel Dratch, who has just extended her stay in the show through April 22. Previous guest stars have included Josh Lucas, Richard Kind, Fisher Stevens and Estelle Parsons. Stories to Tell was co-created by Gray’s widow, Kathleen Russo, and Lucy Sexton, who also directs. The show, according to press notes, “unfolds chronologically, from recollections of childhood swimming trips with his mother (who also committed suicide) and tales of awkward adolescent sexual encounters, to the joy Gray took in being a father himself.” The production includes diary extracts as well as excerpts from Sex and Death to Age 14; Terrors of Pleasure; Swimming to Cambodia; Impossible Vacation; Gray’s Anatomy; Monster in a Box; It’s a Slippery Slope; Morning, Noon and Night; and Life Interrupted. Previously titled Leftover Stories to Tell, the work played UCLA’s Freud Playhouse in June 2006 with a cast headed by Teri Garr, John C. Reilly, Tony Shalhoub and Frances Conroy. The Naked Angels Production is being presented by Eric Falkenstein and Michael Alden. The production, which was originally scheduled to close May 13, is now playing through June 10. Spalding Gray won an Obie Award for Swimming to Cambodia and filmed the monologue with director Jonathan Demme. Other works include Morning, Noon and Night; Monster in a Box; Gray’s Anatomy; and It’s a Slippery Slope. He performed on Broadway in Our Town and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. After a series of bouts with depression, Gray took his own life in 2004 by jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the waters of New York Harbor. Photo: Countess Bruce Vilanch made his Broadway debut in Hairspray, after having played the role of Edna Turnblad for over a year in the show’s national tour. An Emmy-winning comedy writer, Vilanch has written for the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys and the Grammys. He is also the author of “Bruce! My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays” and is the subject of the documentary “Get Bruce!” He spent four seasons on “Hollywood Squares” and also appeared in his own one-man show. Vilanch’s other credits include “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas,” “The Morning After,” “Bosom Buddies,” “The Ice Pirates” and “Call Me Claus.” Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell plays Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7 PM with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located in Manhattan at 18 Minetta Lane, just off Sixth Avenue. For Bruce Vilanch Site: Click Here More New Pics In Scrapbook 4 BetteHeads: Click Here
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Update: 04/26/08

There is new music in the jukebox, although now I call it the digital jukebox. Sorry, I just could not get rid of the old image…at least not yet! It’s in the same old place…you can also find a link on the sidebar under Quick Links (BLB Digital Jukebox) Here’s the link though for the link-challenged: Click Here Love, Mister D
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Ahmet Ertegun was a genius at popular music. One of the co-founders of Atlantic Records, he is profiled in “American Masters: Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built.” Narrated by Bette Midler, who was discovered by Ertegun performing at a convention, the program traces Ertegun from his birth in Istanbul, Turkey, to his world travels as the son of a Turkish diplomat. When he and his brother moved to Washington, D.C., with his father, they were finally able to satisfy their love of American jazz. Photo: Mazur He founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, and by the 1950s, the label was a major source of new rhythm and blues music, including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett. Eventually Atlantic would branch out into rock ‘n’ roll (Rolling Stones, Cream and Led Zepplin), pop (Bobby Darin, The Manhattan Transfer and Midler) and rap-rock (Kid Rock). The label now has such hitmakers as Rob Thomas and Jewel on the label. A charming man and a great storyteller, “The House That Ahmet Built” allows Ertegun to sit down and remember stories with some of the biggest artists on the label. Mick Jagger reminds him of the time that the Stones had finished a concert and had agreed to sign with Atlantic and was telling this to Ertegun, only to have the record mogul fall asleep. Chagrined, Ertegun admits loud music would often make him sleepy. Looking at Midler’s face as she shares her own stories with Ertegun, it’s easy to see that this music mogul was also father, uncle and best friend to his artists. His legacy, he says in the documentary, is that he hopes he contributed to raising the dignity of black music. Having died in December at 83 years old, “The House That Ahmet Built” is a loving memoriam. “The House That Ahmet Built” airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KPBS/Channel 15.
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Bette Attends The Opening of “Frost/Nixon”

Frost heats up Broadway ; New York critics give British play a rave reception From: Evening Standard – London | Date: April 23, 2007 IT was one of last year’s top West End draws. Now Frost/Nixon is basking in a triumphant opening on Broadway. Peter Morgan’s drama, depicting behind the scenes events at David Frost’s 1977 TV interviews with former US president Richard Nixon, played to packed houses at the Donmar Warehouse and the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Mazur (Bette Hosting Ahmet Tribute) It went on to win a special prize at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in November. The New York production, by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage looks set to repeat its London success. Among a host of stars attending last night’s opening at Manhattan’s Bernard B Jacobs theatre was Sir David Frost himself, who is re-releasing the original interviews on DVD. Sir David, watching the play for the fourth time, said: “I thought it went very well tonight. It’s brilliantly written, directed and acted. “There’s a bit of fiction around 15 per cent and one or two things I could do without. To build up the drama they exaggerated that the early interviews had not gone well. But overall this is a terrific night in the theatre.” “It’s an odd feeling seeing myself on stage. But I’m so interested in the material that I quite soon just take it as if it’s the Frost character I’m seeing rather than me.” Also in the audience last night, were singers Bette Midler and Tony Bennett, actors Kim Cattrall and Claire Danes, and TV presenter Barbara Walters. They joined a British contingent that included the Duchess of York and Stephen Frears. Michael Sheen and Frank Langella reprised their roles as Frost and Nixon respectively. Sheen said: “Playing David Frost on Broadway has been quite liberating because people in London are really familiar with him and have preconceived ideas. ” Ben Brantley of the New York Times described Sheen’s performance as “excellent” and Langella’s as “titanic”. He described Frost/Nixon as a “British import staged with the momentum of a ticking-bomb thriller and the zing of a boulevard comedy”. The LA Times talked of the production’s “crackling intensity”. The film rights have been bought by Ron Howard. Speculation is rife that Warren Beatty will play Nixon although Sheen is expected to reprise the role of Frost on-screen. Morgan was also last night celebrating winning a Bafta TV award for his Channel 4 drama Longford..
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Best Selling Author Barbara Kingsolver Book Signing To Benefit NYRP

Mister D: I’m assuming (yes, I know) that this is in New York! This information comes from a fabulous site, Cruelist Month
An Evening with Barbara Kingsolver Lecture and book signing Thursday, May 3rd, 6:30 pm The Great Hall 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue $10, call Ticket Central: 212 279-4200 or go to The box office at 416 West 42nd St. is open noon-7 p.m.
Barbara Kingsolver, bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible, will be speaking at The Cooper Union’s Great Hall about her new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which chronicles the year she and her family vowed to spend eating a locally-produced diet and avoiding food transported by the use of fossil fuel. This local-food project was the culmination of Kingsolver’s longstanding conviction that America has lost its way when it comes to the production and consumption of food. Kingsolver’s book makes a compelling case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet. Proceeds from this event will benefit Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing underserved parks, community gardens, and open space throughout New York City and to teaching children to be better environmental stewards. To buy tickets: Book website:
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Bette Honored By “The American Academy in Rome”

NYSD Springing To Life 04/24/07 The American Academy in Rome honored Bette Midler and the Museum of Modern Art at a black tie Gala Tribute Dinner last Wednesday night at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Ms. Midler was honored for her work in the founding and supporting of the New York Restoration Project. MoMA was honored for its 2005 “Groundswell” exhibition. For pictures: Click Here
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Bette To Narrate “The House That Ahmet Built” On PBS, May 2, 2007

Ahmet Ertegun died in December of brain injuries he suffered after slipping and falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in New York City. In the upcoming PBS documentary "Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built," narrator Bette Midler suggests the circumstances were less accident than fate.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

A Few Updates: April 23, 2007

What's Playing On Bette's Ipod?

Climb Mister D's New Pole...Pardon Me, I Mean Check Out Mister D's New Polls

A Couple Of New Videos Added To BMTV

BLB Goes Green? Not Quite. However, Here's A Few Good Tips-Earth Day Should Be Every Day

Always Remember - Sometimes Less Is More, That's What Keeps Them Coming Back For More

Much Love,

Mister D

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