If you thought you saw Bette Midler in the audience of the Princess of Wales Theatre at Sundayâ€™s matinee preview of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, you were right.
The Divine Miss M was paying her third visit to the show since signing on as its leading producer just as it went into previews on Oct. 12.
Sheâ€™s certainly a perfect match for the flamboyant story of three drag queens in the Australian outback because her over-the-top style is in synch with the showâ€™s production values.
But itâ€™s fascinating that unlike other celebrity producers (say Oprah Winfrey with The Color Purple), Midler isnâ€™t content to sign a cheque, post her name and keep away.
No, all reports indicate that sheâ€™s been a constructive, hardworking and much-appreciated source of notes and inspiration during the preview period. But now, according to a company member who spoke to her on Sunday, she feels â€œthe show is in great shape and ready for opening night.â€
That big event takes place on Tuesday and Midler promises to be there too.