BetteBack 1975: Bette Takes “Clams” To Philly For Preview Before Broadway

Idaho Falls Post Register
Earl Wilson
April 3, 1975

Bette Midler arranged for Lionel Hampton to have billing on her theater marquee and he was to join her show in Philadelphia, after a slight misunderstanding

Set List

Overture from ‘Oklahoma!’
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Moon of Manakoora
Ol’ Man River
Medley of Bette’s Hits
Bitch Is Back, The
Delta Dawn
Toilet Medley, The
Sentimental Journey
Ain’t No Love
Back in the Bars Again
Drinking Again
Fiesta in Rio
Strangers in the Night
Do You Wanna Dance?
If Love Were All
Wishing for the One You Love
Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, A
Lullaby of Broadway
In the Mood
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Spot
We’ll Be Together Again
Shiver Me Timbers
I Don’t Want the Night to End
Those Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes (Monologue)
Hello in There
Higher and Higher
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B
Chapel of Love

Added after opening

How High the Moon
Deep Purple
I’ve Never Been to Flushing
You’ll Never Be Lonely
Bad Sex

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7 thoughts on “BetteBack 1975: Bette Takes “Clams” To Philly For Preview Before Broadway

  1. I was there at 14 years old. The Erlanger Theater. You just threw me into a tailspin. : ) Lionel Hampton performed too. I’m glad it was worked out by the night I went. I didn’t even know about it then. Or who Lionel Hampton was really. lol. I still have some pictures I took that night with a kodak camera. You know, the ones with magic cubes. Your site is the best. Bill

    1. Clams was my first show to see, but it was when it hit New York. I didn’t even know they previewed it in Philly until I started doing this researchA….how cool for you! And yes, i remember the magic cubes…lol Thanks for the compliment! xx

  2. You lucky dogs!! I was WAY too young in 1975…I wish I were as old as you, I could have been somebody!! Someone who was OLD enough to see this show – LOL!!!!
    You lucky dogs 😉

  3. How I wish I could have seen this show. I was too young and sadly did not know who Bette was. Wish I had known her music then, life would have been easier. I’ve always loved everything I’ve read, seen and heard about it. A great set list & to have heard the great Phoebe Snow’s ” I Don’t Want The Night To End” sung live by Bette, that’s one I’ve never heard. “Shiver Me Timbers” & “Hello In There” together in one concert is my idea of Heaven.

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