Bette & Barry: Back to the Bathhouse
By John Rowell: August 8 â€“ 15
BATHTIME: Bette Midler has always joked that, no matter what she achieves in her professional life, her obituary will inevitably include the tagline: â€œStarted career in gay bathhouse.â€ And the new cabaret show Bette & Barry: Back to the Bathhouse would seem to back her up on that. Faster than you can say â€œboogie-woogie bugle boy,â€ the glorious 1970s return in all their disco glory via Bette Midler tribute artist Donna Maxon, in which she portrays the (presumably inimitable) Divine Miss M performing a hilariously bawdy act of tunes, monologues and jokes, accompanied by Fonda Feingold as Miss Mâ€™s early (and young) musical aide-de-camp Barry Manilow. The show pays homage to the partnership that Midler and Manilow began at New Yorkâ€™s Continental Baths in 1970, and imagines the stars in the current day as they return to the Baths (which are, of course, long gone) for â€œone more show, for old timesâ€™ sake.â€ Bathhouse is currently up and running at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with performances continuing through September 12. 212-352-3101.
- Donna Maxon’s Packing Them In: BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE Plays Through 9/12 At Laurie Beechman Theatre (bootlegbetty.com)
- A Don’t Miss For New Yorkers!: Donna Maxon At The Laurie Beechman Theater (bootlegbetty.com)
- BetteBack: “I would like to be the sanitation commissioner of New York City” ~ Sept. 10, 1973 (bootlegbetty.com)