Daily Archives: March 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tony Awards Preview: “…Midler will be a formidable force in the competitive Best Play Actress race”

Gold Derby
Tony Awards Preview: Best Play
By David Buchanan
Mar 27 2013 14:04 pm


While 13 new works are eligible for this year’s Tony Awards, only four will reap bids for Best Play.

Of the eight shows that opened already this seasons, the clear frontrunner is “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a roaring comedy with a healthy dash of sentiment and a nod to Chekhov, written by Tony nominee Christopher Durang. The production features an all-star cast of frequent Durang collaborators including Oscar and Tony nominee Sigourney Weaver, four-time Emmy Award champ and Tony winner David Hyde-Pierce (“Frasier,” “Curtains”) and Broadway veteran Kristine Nielsen. Reviews were stellar across-the-board for this recent transfer to Broadway from Lincoln Center. Read More

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TV: When good actors go bad

Mister D: I actually like the movie they picked for Bette!

San Fransisco Gate
TV: When good actors make bad TV or movies
March 27, 2013


I was all set to love the new “Masterpiece Classic” “Mr. Selfridge,” partly because “Masterpiece” generally lives up to its name, but mostly because I love Jeremy Piven. For me, and for many other viewers, Piven was a big reason “Entourage” was such great TV.

So I settled in with a bowl of imaginary popcorn (no carbs, please) and a not imaginary dog named Morgan to watch the first episodes a couple of weeks ago: It was a slog. Even the dog fell asleep and he’s usually a very attentive critic. (By the way, still trying to understand how PBS defines “Masterpiece Classic”: “Selfridge” is based on a 2007 book, but it is about the UK in 1909, so I guess the definition is “anytime someone wears old clothes.” According to that definition, I hereby qualify as a “classic” almost every day of the week.) Read More

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Broadway Keeps It Real

New York Post
Keepin’ it real
Broadway rips it’s stories straight from the headlines and bigger-than-life-characters
Last Updated: 1:12 AM, March 27, 2013


For an industry that famously celebrates dreams, broken or fulfilled, Broadway is getting thrillingly real this spring. Hot on the high heels of “Ann” and the hubcaps of “Hands on a Hardbody” — about, respectively, the late governor of Texas andabunch of hard-pressed Lone Star Staters vying for a truck — come a slewof shows about real people: Motown singers, a Hollywood superagent, a newspaper columnist. And, in the case of Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s “Kinky Boots” (opening April 4), the owner of a failing shoe factory who gets a lift from a drag queen. Read More

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Video: In The Mood-Parkinson- Bette Midler

Video: In The Mood-Parkinson- Bette Midler

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BetteBack March 22, 1979: “I Never Miss A Liv Ullman Musical.”

Galveston Daily News
March 22, 1979


Bette Midler ordered May 3 opening night tickets for Liv Ullmann‘s “I Remember Mama,” saying “I never miss a Liv Ullmann musical.” (There’s never been one before.)

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BetteBack September 24, 1977: Bette Midler Offered “Stop The World, I Want to Get Off” Musical Read More

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BetteBack July 16, 1979: Joan Rivers On Bette Midler

Winnipeg Free Press
July 16, 1979


Comedienne-turned-director Joan Rivers is a big Bette Midler fan. “I love Bette so much,” says Rivers, “I even pay retail for her albums.

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