BetteBack September 25, 1993: Bette Midler Sings Two “Gypsy” Songs

Indiana Gazette
Liz Smith
September 25, 1993

Bette Midler has been killing them nightly with her rendition of “Rose’s Turn” from the monumental Broadway musical, “Gypsy.” She usually doesn’t sing that other classic, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” from the same great hit show. But the other night, Bette announced from Radio City Music Hall‘s stage that she would sing “Roses” for the man who wrote it.

She introduced Jule Styne and asked him to stand up. The audience treated Styne like a pop star and lines of fans gathered near his seat at intermission. (This fabulous, venerable man of music will soon have his version of “The Red Shoes” opening on Broadway.)

After Bette’s finale, Styne and “Gypsy” libretto writer Arthur Laurents went backstage, where Bette told them all about post-production work on the CBS version of “Gypsy,” In which Bette bows this December. (If you want to read a Bette Midler exclusive, catch the Q and A done by yours truly with the divine one in the new issue of Elle.)

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