Broadway Ticket Lines Dispel Recession Blues
By Bill Crawford
May 14, 1975
“Clams on the Half Shell,” Minskoff Theatre – The Divine Miss M (Bette Midler) in her new self-styled “taste-free” revue does nothing but ENTERTAIN.
The show opens with a very well executed overture consisting of a medley from “Oklahoma!” An all-black chorus sings “Old Man River” while pulling in fish nets which dredge up a huge clam shell in which Miss M. is ensconced. Hence the revue’s name.
FROM THAT moment on, she is in complete control – singing, dancing, chatting with the audience and telling jokes. (“McDonald’s is featuring a new Hearstburger – no Patty.” or “I know what a bisexual is, but what’s a bicentennial?”)
Lionel Hampton, featured guest artist, and Bette’s Harlettes added greatly to an already enjoyable evening.