Daily Archives: June 10, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

“Hairspray” For Bette


Photo: Bruce Glikas/Broadway.com

The Divine Miss M. made her way to Broadway on June 6 to visit former back-up dancer and current showstopper Jenifer Lewis at the Friday night performance of Hairspray. Lewis, who signed on early in her career as one of Midler’s legendary dancing “Harlettes,” can thank Midler for her first big screen role—the two appeared in 1988’s Beaches together during the film’s grand production number. This time, Midler proudly watched her diva pal take center stage as the newest Motormouth Maybelle . Post-show, Midler scooted backstage to congratulate her former colleague and visit with Hairspray stars Marissa Perry and Ashley Parker Angel. Read More

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Ticket Sales/Power Score – Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On
Week Ending 06/08/08

Event Score
1 Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets 39.18
2 Cher Tickets 24.44
3 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 15.44
4 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 6.38
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 4.17
6 Blue Man Group Tickets 2.17
7 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 2.04
8 Barry Manilow Tickets 1.43
9 Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets 1.14
10 Rita Rudner Tickets 0.77

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Week Ending 06/08/08


Then She Found Me:
Prince Charming Reports From Down Under

Mister D: Prince Charming (I feel a fainting spell coming) reports from the Land Of Oz on Then She Found Me:

TSFM opened in the first European market this weekend. It started in Italy, debuting in the number 5 spot, taking in a sensational 532,000 USD! It is playing in 142 theaters and generated the second highest per theater average in the top ten. Bette is getting great reviews and the film gets lots of praise for being ‘real’ and not just another Hollywood-cliché.

It is also holding up well in Australia, still in the top ten despite the blockbuster competition.
I think this is great news. However, I’m also a bit frustrated that think-film weren’t able to get a wider US-release. A small country such as Italy shows it on as many screens as the whole US? And if it can go top ten down under and in old Europe, why the hell shouldn’t that be possible in the US? Read More

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Retro Minute: 06/08/1989 – A Little Bette (Thanks Katrin)

Love, Mister D

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