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Donna Maxon’s Packing Them In: BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE Plays Through 9/12 At Laurie Beechman Theatre

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BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE Extends Through 9/12 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

Thursday, August 9, 2012
by 
BWW News Desk

Bette Midler tribute artist Donna Maxon revisits the 70’s with her new cabaret show BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE co-written by Maxon and directorMichael Schiralli. Maxon stars as the Divine Miss M, performing “a hilariously bawdy act of tunes, monologues, and jokes. The show co-stars musical director Fonda Feingold asBarry Manilow, and the duo proudly pays homage to the partnership that Midler and Manilow began at New York’s Continental Baths in 1970.”

Originally scheduled to end August 15, BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE now runs Wednesdays, August 15 & 29 at 7:30 PM; Thursday, August 30 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, September 12 at 9:30pm at theLaurie BeechmanTheatre insideWest Bank Cafe(407 West 42 Street at 9th Avenue).  at theLaurie BeechmanTheatre insideWest Bank Cafe(407 West 42 Street at 9th Avenue). Tickets are $20. A full dinner menu and a full bar are available; there is a $15 per person food/drink minimum. Doors open one hour before show time. Transportation: all trains/buses to Port Authority/Times Square. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE is a theatrical imagining of current-day Midler and Manilow returning for “one more show, for old times sake” at the legendary Continental Bathhouse.  Incorporating songs from throughout both Midler’s career (Wind Beneath My Wings, Delta Dawn, Friends, and more) and Manilow’s (Copacabana, Looks Like We Made It, Mandy, and others), the banter between the pair touches on highlights of their career, including a touching reminiscence of friends from their bathhouse days lost to AIDS.  While Maxon has a long career as a Bette Midler tribute artist, this show marks the theatrical debut of Fonda Feingold (a woman) asBarry Manilow— America’s foremost professionalBarry Manilowdrag king!

Donna Maxon  (Bette) has been known for over 20 years as one of the world’s foremost Bette Midler tribute artists.  Donna has appeared on numerous television shows including ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Wayne Brady Show,’ “Celebrity Apprentice,”and ‘One Life to Live,’ and continues to perform in such celebrated venues as the Borgata, Trump’s, Harrah’s, and Foxwoods.  In addition to her work as a performer, Donna is an author and activist, and is currently serving as president of the Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island.

Fonda Feingold (Barry) is a native of Winthrop, Massachusetts. She went to college to become a concert pianist, but her inclination to write pop music eclipsed the lure of the classics. Her songs landed her a solo album on the Polygram label entitled Fonda Feingold, but the album was shelved. After a long legal battle, she was able to record her self-produced EPs “Finally” and “Before and After.” Fonda currently lives in NYC and is a member of the “Lenox Sound Machine,” a rhythm section along withRichard Crooks on drums, Scott Spray on bass, John “Ratso” Gerardi on guitars. Her distinctive keyboard work and vocal arrangements can currently be heard on several new CD’s from Lenox Sound.

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