Bette Midler: Putting The Show Together…

Mister D: This was reported a while back, but this is more of the aftermath….

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August 22nd, 2007

Choreographer Toni Basil (far left) conducts dancer auditions for Bette Midler’s Las Vegas show,which premieres at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in February 2008.

In preparation for her imaginative, over-the-top show at Caesars Palace, Bette Midler and award-winning choreographer Toni Basil held auditions for female dancers this week at The Colosseum with the Divine Miss M. attending the final round. Approximately 500 dancers from Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and even New York, showed up with the hope of becoming one of 20 lucky girls chosen to dance in the Las Vegas spectacular.

Bette’s show, set to premier on February 20, 2008, will showcase the lively, feel-good choreography of Toni Basil, whose smash hit “Mickey” earned her a permanent space in dance and music history. Basil has been the dance director and choreographer for Bette Midler’s notorious live performances for over 20 years, including her Emmy Award winning HBO special, Diva Las Vegas. A home grown Las Vegas resident herself, Basil’s impressive repertoire includes choreographic credits in major motion pictures such as My Best Friend’s Wedding and Legally Blond, commercials such as the GAP Khaki’s Groove, and for television – the MTV Video Music Awards.

To be able to tackle Basil’s ultra-energetic hip hop, modern and athletic choreography, the audition called for female dancers with strong, technical backgrounds and dynamic personalities.

The final cast will begin full show rehearsals this November in Los Angeles.

Bette Midler will perform approximately 100 shows a year at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. five nights a week and will be dark on Monday and Thursday. Tickets for performances from February 20 through March 9 are on sale now.

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