The Daily News
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Bette Midler burros into the heart of Las Vegas
Wednesday night in Las Vegas, New York’s favorite brassy diva, Bette Midler, launched her newest extravaganza, “The Showgirl Must Go,” with boas, bawdiness and one loco burro, which she rode in on.
Midler’s 90-minute production fills the massive stage of the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace – built for Celine Dion – shimmering scenic effects, a chorus line of 20 tail-flipping mermaids and Midler’s own one-of-a-kind voice and star power.
The show begins with a “Wizard of Oz”-like tornado that tears through the desert and down the Vegas Strip to Caesar’s.
On Wednesday night the place was packed with nearly 4,300 people – die-hard fans, friends and celebs like Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, Joey Fatone, Angela Bassett, Robin Leach and Jennifer Coolidge.
“Showgirl” follows the formula of the Divine Miss M’s previous productions: A mix of naughty jokes, big dance numbers and her signature songs and characters (wheelchair-bound mermaid Dolores Delago and the salty joke-teller Soph). What makes this Midler show special is that it supposedly cost $10 million and is scheduled to run for two years.
I’m not much of a gambler, but this show looks pretty much like a sure Bette. In Friday’s Daily News, I’ll tell you all about it.