Monthly Archives: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Audio: “Red” By Bette Midler

[wpaudio url=”http://www.bootlegbetty.com/audio/06 Red.mp3″ text=”Bette Midler – Red” dl=”0″] “Red” By Bette Midler I read that it’s all black and white. Oooh, the spectrum made a shade I like! Ooh, those crinsom rays of ruby bright. Ah! The technicolor li-i-ight! Red! Red! I want red! There’s no substitute for red! Red! Paint it red! Green ain’t mean compared to red! You don’t know what it does to me. Yeah, that crimson sin intensity! I’m haunted by the mystery, yeah, yeah, the mystery of red, red, red! Red! Red knocks ’em dead! Some like it hot-tah! I like it red! Red’s my lover, got me covered! Red’s my number and he’s a commer! Red’s my drummer. I hear his thunder! Move over, brother! Red is a mother! He’s a mother! Red! Red knocks ’em dead! Red, red, red, red! Red! Red! I want red! Move over, brother! Move over, brother! Go bop-bop, go bop-bop. Go bop-bop, go bop! Ahhh! Go bop-bop, go bop-bop. Go bop-bop, go bop! Uhh! Ahhh! Uhh! Ahhh! Uhh! Ahhh! Uhh! Uhhh! Whoa! Red! Red! I want red! That’s what I said! That’s what I said! Gimme red, red, ’cause I want red! Some like it hot, I like it red! Red! Red! I want red! Gimme red! Gimme, gimme, gimme! Gimme red, red! I want red! Some like it hot, I like it red! Red! Red! I want red! Move over brother, move over brother! Red! Red! Red! I want red! Red! Gimme red! Gimme red! Gimme red! Gimme red, red, red!
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BetteBack July 23, 1977: Trouble On The Bette Set?

Salt Lake Tribune July 23, 1977 Don’t hold your breath until the Bette Midler special gets on the tube. The Divine Miss M who signed to make her TV starring bow on NBC after she and ABC couldn’t agree on a concept, was supposed to be wrapping up taping next week on the video hour NBC was planning for fall airing. But now that taping has been pushed back until Sept. 26 — at least. And there’s no telling when an air date will be set.
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Bette Tweets: The last of the Sunbeams of WWII, the remarkable Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews expired today

Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler The last of the Sunbeams of WWII, the remarkable Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews expired today.Rest in peace.Another joyous voice stilled., the remarkable Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews expired today.Rest in peace. Another joyous voice stilled.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Video: Movie Trailer for ‘Phil Spector’ Starring Al Pacino & Helen Mirren

This is the HBO movie Bette had to drop out of after several weeks work due to back problems. Helen Mirren graciously stepped in at the last minute to replace her. However, it was a sad day for BetteHeads!

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Could Bette Take Home Her Second Tony? It’s Highly Possible!

The Huffington Post Best Actress in a Play Tony Race — It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking Ahead By Cara Joy David New York-based entertainment journalist Posted: 01/30/2013 8:06 am I love tough Tony Award races. I love when there are so many eligible contenders for a given category, I don’t even know who is going to be nominated. So I am super excited about the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award category. In my decade plus career, I don’t remember a better slate of contenders than we have this year. There are so many people who any other year would be nominated, but this year will fall short. With so many shows left to come, it may seem a little early to start talking about Tony categories. Insiders know however — it’s never too early to start thinking about the Tony race. After all, many producers make decisions based on the races. Producers rush certain shows in during weak seasons. It’s very rare that the Tony Awards Administration Committee (which decides category eligibility) denies a petition, so producers often choose whether to petition to move an actor up to lead or down to featured based on the competition in a given category. (Performers listed above the title are generally eligible in Best Actress/Actor, performers below the title in the featured categories. The Administration Committee can change this and so, for example, one would think Kate Arrington, above-the-title for Grace, would be considered featured if the producers petition the Administration Committee accordingly.) Sight unseen it is of course hard to pick nominees, but, without knowing more, I’m going to go ahead and predict Laurie Metcalf, Bette Midler, Amy Morton, Fiona Shaw and Cicely Tyson will have nominations. I may have predicted Estelle Parsons in one of those slots, but a production spokesperson has confirmed that Velocity of Autumn will not come this season. Why these ladies? The Other Place transferred on the basis of Metcalf’s performance; she makes the play. It will already be gone by Tony time, but I don’t think she will be forgotten. Everyone is excited about Midler. Back in the early half of the ‘oughts, Midler starred in a reading of a Charles Busch play that was slated to arrive at the Biltmore during MTC’s inaugural season there. The comedy, set in a summer camp, apparently was not very good, but everyone I know still wanted it to come because of Midler. She’s finally in a piece that seems, on paper, to be tailor made for her over-the-top persona. I worry that her and Joe Mantello are strange bedfellows and their marriage may be rocky, but as of now she seems a likely nominee because, well, she is in general divine. With Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? closing early, I suspect I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers will soon announce the Booth, a frequent home to one person shows (though I personally think Bette deserves the Barrymore). Morton is genius in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — she plays the role of Martha in a new, fresh way and deserves a nomination for her brilliant performance. Shaw is playing The Virgin Mary; enough said. Tyson is returning to Broadway for the first time in two decades — her Trip to Bountiful could be an absolute mess, but if it is a smooth ride, the well-respected Tyson will likely be honored with a nomination. These picks are not set in stone, I’m saying this without seeing many of the potential nominees. If critics respect what Emilia Clarke is doing in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I would think she could very easily become an “IT” girl and knock out one of the veterans. The Miss Firecracker Contest’s Amber Tamblyn could do the same. And I can’t really count Holland Taylor out for a show she also wrote — I think she has a very good chance here. It’s also hard to completely ignore the film stars gracing the stage currently, though I do think they will probably be ignored come May. Judith Light or Jessica Hecht may sneak in with nominations for The Assembled Parties. There could also be more plays announced soon, which will totally change the analysis. I hope Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike makes the move and that will add at least Sigourney Weaver to the list. (The Performers is not eligible for Tony consideration, meaning those ladies are not a factor, if some reader thought they might be.) So, basically, I can’t decide. We’ll have to wait and see. I will be enthusiastically watching each performance, talking to press agent Rick Miramontez about campaign buttons, polling industry insiders and wishing press agent Judy Jacksina represented one of the contenders, so I could hear her say: “Cicely Tyson? I’ll annihilate Cicely Tyson!” (Note, I am sure Ms. Jacksina loves Ms. Tyson, but she always wants to annihilate her Tony competition.) Here is the current list of those likely eligible in the Best Actress in a Play category: Jessica Chastain, The Heiress Emilia Clarke, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Maggie Grace, Picnic* Jessica Hecht, The Assembled Parties Katie Holmes, Dead Accounts Marin Ireland, The Big Knife* Scarlett Johansson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Judith Light, The Assembled Parties Patti LuPone, The Anarchist Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

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Video: Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop PSA ~ Michael, Bette & Others

Join Michael Kors and the United Nations World Food Programme in the fight to end “the world’s most solvable problem.” Share the video with your friends and family, join the movement and Watch Hunger Stop. Text ‘MKHUNGER’ to 50555 to donate $5.00 to the World Food Programme.* #WatchHungerStop *$5.00 donation to the World Food Program USA. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: mGive.org/P
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Bette Midler’s Spring Picnic Tentatively Scheduled For Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bette Midler’s Spring Picnic Tentatively Scheduled For Thursday, May 30

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“I’ll Eat You Last” Schedule

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Please note I’LL EAT YOU LAST will be dark on Thursdays. Unless otherwise noted, the production will play seven performances per week. FRIDAY, APRIL 5 – SUNDAY, APRIL 7 (3 PERFORMANCES): Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM. MONDAY, APRIL 8 – SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (6 PERFORMANCES): Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM. MONDAY, APRIL 15 – SUNDAY, APRIL 21: Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. MONDAY, APRIL 22 – SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (WEEK OF OPENING): Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday (opening night) at 6:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. MONDAY, APRIL 29 – SUNDAY, MAY 26: Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. MONDAY, MAY 27 – SUNDAY, JUNE 2 (6 PERFORMANCES/WEEK OF MEMORIAL DAY): Tuesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Please note there will be no performances on Monday and Thursday of this week. MONDAY, JUNE 3 – SUNDAY, JUNE 30: Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.
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I’LL EAT YOU LAST starring Bette Midler Announces AMEX On Sale, Theatre, First Preview Date, Creative Team, & Full Producing Team

I’LL EAT YOU LAST starring Bette Midler Announces AMEX On Sale, Theatre, First Preview Date, Creative Team, & Full Producing Team, And Scheduling

TICKETS ON SALE TO AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARDHOLDERS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 AT 10 AM THROUGH TELECHARGE.COM FOR

BETTE MIDLER

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I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A Chat With Sue Mengers

THE NEW PLAY BY TONY AWARD WINNER JOHN LOGAN

DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER JOE MANTELLO 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TO PLAY THE BOOTH THEATRE (222 WEST 45TH STREET) PREVIEWS BEGIN FRIDAY, APRIL 5 FOR A WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 OPENING NIGHT

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM exclusively for American Express® cardholders for Bette Midler’s return to Broadway in John Logan’s new play I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, directed by Joe Mantello. Preferred seating is available to Gold Card, Platinum Card®, and Centurion® members. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. The general public on sale will begin on Sunday, February 16 at 10 AM. The limited engagement for I’LL EAT YOU LAST begins previews Friday, April 5 and opens Wednesday, April 24 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street). Appearing on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Tony and Grammy Award-winning superstar Bette Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932-2011) in the new, one-character play. Sue Mengers was an American original. She was the first female “superagent” at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn’t exist, she invented that as well: “Superagent.” It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970’s, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess. The creative team includes three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask (scenic design), Academy Award winner Ann Roth (costume design), three-time Tony nominee Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), and Drama Desk Award winner Fitz Patton (sound design). I’LL EAT YOU LAST is produced on Broadway by Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, and Scott & Brian Zeilinger. TICKETING INFORMATION Tickets for I’LL EAT YOU LAST are available exclusively to American Express® cardholders starting Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM by calling 212-239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, February 17. Ticket prices range from $82 – $142. Standing room and rush policies will be announced in the coming weeks. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Please note I’LL EAT YOU LAST will be dark on Thursdays. Unless otherwise noted, the production will play seven performances per week. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Please note I’LL EAT YOU LAST will be dark on Thursdays. Unless otherwise noted, the production will play seven performances per week.
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 5 – SUNDAY, APRIL 7 (3 PERFORMANCES): Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 8 – SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (6 PERFORMANCES): Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 15 – SUNDAY, APRIL 21: Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 22 – SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (WEEK OF OPENING): Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday (opening night) at 6:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 29 – SUNDAY, MAY 26: Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, MAY 27 – SUNDAY, JUNE 2 (6 PERFORMANCES/WEEK OF MEMORIAL DAY): Tuesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Please note there will be no performances on Monday and Thursday of this week.
  • MONDAY, JUNE 3 – SUNDAY, JUNE 30: Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.

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Bette Midler To Play Booth Theater~Tickets On Sale In February

Playbill I’ll Eat You Last, Starring Bette Midler, Will Play the Booth Theatre; Tix Go on Sale in February By Andrew Gans 30 Jan 2013 Award-winning singer-actress Bette Midler will return to Broadway in John Logan’s new play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, which will begin previews April 5 prior to an official opening April 24 at the Booth Theatre. Tickets, priced $82-$142, will go on sale Feb. 2 at 10 AM ET exclusively for American Express cardholders: Preferred seating is available to Gold Card, Platinum Card and Centurion members. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Feb. 16 at 10 AM ET. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the play will be produced by Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, and Scott & Brian Zeilinger. Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932-2011) in the one-character play. “Sue Mengers was an American original,” according to press notes. “She was the first female ‘superagent’ at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn’t exist, she invented that as well: ‘Superagent.’ It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970’s, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess. Playwright Logan, who won a Tony Award for Red and wrote the screenplay for the last James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” said in a recent statement, “I met Sue Mengers only once, at a dinner party. The kaftan, constant cigarettes, tinted glasses, and perfect blond hair were much in evidence; so too the deliciously wicked wit and stevedore language. But something else fascinated me just as much: a sense of sadness, a deep resignation; a woman whose time had passed her by. At one point I asked her what had changed most about Hollywood since she had arrived. She didn’t hesitate for a second: ‘Honey, we used to have fun…’ Later in the evening she settled back and lit up a joint. There she was: a joint in one hand and a cigarette in the other. At that moment I knew I had to write the play.” Producer Graydon Carter added, “I adored Sue, and no trip to Los Angeles was complete without a dinner at her place. To work with Bette, John, Joe, and my fellow producers Ari, Jimmy, Phil, and Bob to bring her to the Broadway stage is something that I believe would have pleased Sue greatly.” Producer Arielle Tepper Madover said, “The last show I worked on with John was his Broadway debut, Red, which won six Tony Awards and is now being presented all over the world. It is a joy to be continuing our collaboration with this new play.” Bette Midler has earned three Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award, and sold 30 million records worldwide in a career that spans more than four decades. She has played film roles in “The Rose,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Ruthless People,” “Beaches” and “The First Wives Club,” among many others. Midler made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Fiddler on the Roof. Other stage performances include Tony Award-winning Clams on the Half Shell; Experience the Divine, for which she holds the all-time record for a six-week engagement at Radio City Music Hall, The Divine Miss Millennium Tour; Kiss My Brass; and The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Outside the spotlight, she is the founder of the New York Restoration Project (www.nyrp.org), a non-profit organization that revitalizes abandoned and neglected public spaces across New York City. The Booth Theatre is located at 222 W. 45th St.
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